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Pakistan's Sharif is in deep trouble

Wednesday, July 26, 2017


Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif faces disqualification.


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).


  • 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.

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