Policy Research Papers
November 2013As he looks ahead to 2014 and beyond, Nawaz Sharif should have some confidence that he will complete his third term as Prime Minister. The only political parties that could challenge him, the Bhuttos’ PPP and Imran Khan’s PTI, are currently on the defensive. The PPP is trying to rebuild after a disastrous election and the PTI is grappling with the realities of holding power in Khyber Pukhtoonkhwa.
Of course Pakistan’s habitually crisis-ridden political system can take unexpected, rapid turns but, by historical standards, Nawaz Sharif is in a remarkably secure position.
His political agenda, however, is daunting and most notably includes major challenges in regard to militancy, the economy, governance and the external environment.