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).
Former Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif waves to supporters gathered on a highway outside Islamabad, Aug. 5, 2017 (AP photo by Anjum Naveed).
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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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