Pakistan’s Sharif Won’t Go Quietly From the Political Scene After His Ouster

Pakistan’s Sharif Won’t Go Quietly From the Political Scene After His Ouster
Former Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif waves to supporters gathered on a highway outside Islamabad, Aug. 5, 2017 (AP photo by Anjum Naveed).

On July 28, Pakistan’s highest court ruled that corruption allegations disqualified Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif from serving in office, forcing him to resign. The ruling party, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), quickly announced a succession plan: Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, a close Sharif ally, would be appointed prime minister until a successor was found to serve out Sharif’s term, which ends next year. After winning a parliamentary by-election—a formality in a PML-N-dominated legislature—Abbasi took office on Aug. 1. Soon after, the government announced that Abbasi himself would serve out Sharif’s term. Initially, all seemed to be going swimmingly with the transition. […]

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