Last week the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) government under Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif completed its first 100 days in office. The elections in May, though marred by rigging and irregularities, made history as Pakistan’s first democratic transition. But if Pakistanis were jubilant about this milestone at the time, their joy had faded by the time of my visit last month.
Sharif campaigned on five major promises: that he would set the economy on track, end energy shortages in three years, end U.S. drone strikes on Pakistani territory, tackle terrorism and pursue positive relations with neighbors. In pre-election polls, 81 percent of Pakistanis said the economy was bad, while 95 percent and 93 percent ranked crime and terrorism respectively as the other biggest problems. ...
To read the rest, sign up to try World Politics Review
- TWO WEEKS FREE.
- Cancel any time.
- After two weeks, just $18 monthly or $118/year.
Request a free trial for your office or school. Everyone at a given site can get access through our institutional subscriptions.
- Strategic Horizons: Russia’s Ukraine Invasion Signifies a Changing Global Order
- India Expands Strategic Trade in East Asia to Balance China
- The Realist Prism: Venezuela, Ukraine Challenge Assumptions Behind Defense Cuts
- The Realist Prism: Why the U.S. Always Calls for Dialogue, and Why it Always Fails
- For Nepal, New Prime Minister and Guarded Optimism, but Same Problems