Pakistan policy clouded by good intention and reality

Economic ties were top of the agenda during talks between Pakistan and China in Beijing in July 2013 (photo:dpa)
Economic ties were top of the agenda during talks between Pakistan and China in Beijing in July 2013 (photo:dpa)

Pakistan, with newly-elected Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif at the helm, has sparked global optimism that he will steer the nation’s economy out of the doldrums and so revive investor confidence in a country of 180 million. Already Mr Sharif has indicated he intends to do business with Pakistan’s historic ally China. But less clear is how the Sharif government plans to deal with Washington, particularly over Pakistan’s burgeoning terrorist threat and also over the controversial - but on-going - US drone strikes.

<i>Pakistan’s national election saw its first democratic transition from one elected government to another. While marking a significant milestone in its democratic developm...

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