May 15, 2013 |
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - After a resounding victory in Pakistan's national elections, presumptive new Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif could have pressed his populist, hard-line approach that paints the U.S. as hopelessly malevolent and self-interested. Instead, Sharif, who served as prime minister in the 1990s, and his top aides have tried during the last few days to ensure that Washington does not feel alienated by his return to power. Sharif's team has denounced claims by critics who call him soft on militants and emphasized that the tension between Pakistan and the United States tied to American drone strikes and other issues cannot be resolved through threats and condemnation.
May 19, 2013 |
There is reason for hope in Nawaz Sharif's victory in the recent Pakistani elections. Sharif, who has twice served as Pakistan's prime minister, has said he wants to build a more robust democracy, revive the country's shattered economy and end the military's 40-year domination of its politics. He has also promised to improve relations with India and take on the radical Islamist terrorism that has tormented Pakistan. The United States should assist him in every way possible to achieve those goals.
May 11, 2013 |
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - Millions of Pakistanis braved threats from militants and voted Saturday in national elections that marked the country's first democratic transfer of governance and appeared to put former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on track for a potential return to power. The elections change Pakistan's political landscape and probably will sideline the Pakistan People's Party, which has ruled the country for five years. But the results are not expected to lead to any major shift in U.S.-Pakistan relations because the country's powerful military still holds sway over crucial issues such as Pakistan's role in peace talks with insurgents in Afghanistan and the country's relationship with its nuclear archrival, India.
March 16, 2009 |
Averting what could have been a bloody showdown at the gates of the capital, Pakistan's government today capitulated to protesters' demands to reinstate the popular chief justice, reshaping the political landscape in a country crucial to the West's battle with Al Qaeda and the Taliban. Though it appeared to have staved off a confrontation, the decision announced in a nationally televised speech by Prime Minister Yusaf Raza Gillani left the door open to more upheaval in coming weeks and months.
May 28, 1993 |
Newly reinstated Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif won a sweeping victory in a crucial vote of confidence Thursday after Pakistani opposition leader Benazir Bhutto boycotted the emergency session of Parliament. Diplomats said the triumph removed lingering doubts over Sharif's parliamentary strength a day after a historic Supreme Court decision overturned his dismissal by President Ghulam Ishaq Khan last month.
March 16, 1997 |
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif banned lavish weddings for the next two years, saying they have become too extravagant in the impoverished nation. Sharif said food should no longer be served at weddings--just tea and soft drinks. Wealthy Pakistanis spend millions of dollars on weddings that usually last at least three days.
July 8, 2002 |
Pakistan's military ruler, Gen. Pervez Musharraf, has decreed that any former prime minister who held the post for two terms is ineligible to hold it again. The move is apparently intended to shut out Benazir Bhutto and Nawaz Sharif from October elections aimed at returning Pakistan to democracy. Musharraf seized power in 1999, toppling Sharif in a bloodless coup. Bhutto and Sharif are in exile but have indicated that they may return prior to the vote.
March 15, 1991 |
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's Islamic Democratic Alliance swept the Senate elections, giving him a solid majority in both houses of Pakistan's Parliament. Former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto charged intimidation and vote rigging and vowed to boycott the Senate. Sharif's party won 23 of 46 contested seats, Bhutto's won five. The 217-member National Assembly makes laws, but the 87-member Senate can block legislation.
February 27, 2009 |
Opposition supporters set fire to cars and stoned buildings around Rawalpindi, a day after Pakistan's Supreme Court barred two of their leaders from elected office. The rulings upheld an existing ban on former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif because of a criminal conviction related to the 1999 military coup in which former President Pervez Musharraf ousted him. The rulings also removed his brother as head of the government in Punjab province.