Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan this morning is due to walk into the Oval Office for a meeting with President Donald Trump. Also expected to be there will be Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa, the head of the Pakistan Army. Protocol may demand that President Trump speaks principally to Khan, but the most important person on the Pakistan side will be Gen. Bajwa.
Historically, Pakistani prime ministers govern but it is the country’s military-bureaucratic elite that rules. Outright military control has been tried, but ends up tarnishing the army. The imperfect, but better, solution is a cooperative prime minister.