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Opinion The army is back at the center of Pakistan’s politics

Many Pakistanis breathed a sigh of relief at the news, which has warded off fears of a fresh political crisis. In recent months, ex-prime minister Imran Khan had pushed for confrontation with senior army leadership. For the moment, that threat appears to have been averted. Pakistani opposition leader Imran Khan is trying to block the appointment of a new army chief. His party, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), controls two big provinces, Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. President Arif Alvi advised Khan not to alienate the new head of the army.