Haider points to the very public failures the military has faced in the cases of the unilateral US raid that killed Bin Laden and an attack by Taliban-aligned fighters on a Pakistani navy base in Karachi, as reasons why the army has been hesitant to step in. He also mentioned the fact it now faces a heavy reliance on public buy-in to continue to conduct operations against internal security threats. Now, of course, the military remains a primary player. But, [far] from being the predominant power, it is now down to what I would describe as first among equals, he told Al Jazeera. Dr Hasan Askari Rizvi, a Lahore-based analyst, agreed. The domestic situation in Pakistan has become unmanageable, and the country is increasingly ungovernable. The economy is in a shambles, therefore, the army finds it difficult to cope with that kind of problem, he told Al Jazeera - adding that the military would find it difficult to attract international financial assistance without civilian faces in charge. It is [also] engaged in counterterrorism, and it needs civilian cover for that. The moment it assumes power, it loses that civilian cover.