Published On: Wed, Dec 2nd, 2015

AlJazeera : Who rules Pakistan? Former Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar on Pakistan’s role in the so-called “war on Terror”

Hina Rabbani Khar, former foreign minister of Pakistan, Who Rules Pakistan - Aljazeera

In this episode of Head to Head, Mehdi Hasan challenges Hina Rabbani Khar, former foreign minister of Pakistan, on whether the army is in control of the country, and if Pakistan has been supporting the Taliban.

The military has ruled this country for 33 years. But the military cannot go beyond the constitution – Hina Rabbani Khar

Last year’s Peshawar school attack reinvigorated the military campaign against the Pakistani Taliban, while civilian oversight was curtailed.

We explore Pakistan’s ambiguous stance towards the Afghan Taliban and the so-called “war on terror” and whether the alleged links between the ISI, Pakistan’s spy agency, and armed groups have brought the violence home.

With the help of a panel of experts, we ask: did Pakistan support the Afghan Taliban and protect Osama bin Laden? Who calls the shots in Pakistan: the civilian authorities or the army? Are democracy, human rights and civil liberties safe in the fight against the Pakistani Taliban? And what should be done to bring peace to Kashmir?

Who rules Pakistan? with Hina Rabbani Khar will be broadcast on December 18 at 2000 GMT and will be repeated on December 19 at 1200, December 20 at 0100 and December 21 at 0600.

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Head to Head is Al Jazeera’s forum of ideas, a gladiatorial contest tackling big issues such as faith, nationalism, democracy and foreign intervention in front of an opinionated audience at the Oxford Union.

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