To read the full version of this content please select one of the options below:

Pakistan's Sharif is in deep trouble

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Subject

Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif faces disqualification.

Significance

Amid the fallout from the ‘Panamagate’ scandal in 2016, the Supreme Court in April appointed a Joint Investigation Team (JIT) to investigate accusations of tax fraud and money laundering against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. With the court now having examined the report of the JIT, pressure is rising on Sharif and the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N).

Impacts

  • The government may struggle to respond to demands relating to the Trump administration's Afghan review.
  • Pakistan under Khan would be neutral between Saudi Arabia and Iran; Sharif has leant towards the Saudis.
  • India-Pakistan ties may deteriorate, with the military less keen on improving relations.
Expert Briefings Powered by Oxford Analytica
Stay up to date
Sign up to the Expert Daily Briefings email alert and receive up-to-the-minute analysis of global events as they happen.
*If your university does not have access to Expert Briefings, visit our information page to find out more.