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As Pakistan prepares for elections, its powerful military appears to be meddling

As Pakistan prepares for elections, its powerful military appears to be meddling

Five years ago, one elected government in Pakistan stepped down to make way for another, marking the first peaceful democratic transition in a country that has been under military rule for much of its independent history.

Now Pakistan is attempting to repeat the feat. But the run-up to July 25 elections suggests that its powerful army is not done interfering in politics.

While the military generals are loath to retake power themselves — risking U.S. and international sanctions that could jeopardize their economic interests — analysts say they appear determined to keep former prime minister Nawaz Sharif out of politics.

Sharif, a longtime adversary of the generals who was...

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