Date: August 9, 2013
Hope Tempered by Caution
Nawaz Sharif has served twice as Prime Minister of Pakistan. His previous record on corruption was – well, Pakistani, which is not too strong a recommendation.
And diminishing the role of the military and the super powerful Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) agency, similar to our CIA, are tougher challenges for him this time around – his last term ended with a military coup. His record on curtailing the power of militant jihadist radicals has been inconsistent. History shows that Sharif originally supported the Taliban in Afghanistan to aid Pakistan and opposes drone strikes. He was also protected by the Pakistani Taliban who circumvented pre-election attacks on Sharif’s party, his candidates and political rallies – indicating a certain coziness here.