Old Hand, New Start
- Facing protests at home, with tense relations with the army, Sharif’s India visit—backed by most Pakistanis—shows him in good light, especially his gesture of meeting former PM Atal Behari Vajpayee
- While the media hopes for a new start in India-Pak ties, Sharif was criticised for not raising Kashmir
- But the debate in India over Art. 370 has confused Islamabad
Seldom has an embattled Pakistani prime minister’s image received such a fillip after a visit to New Delhi. Times have been tough for Nawaz Sharif—the opposition is often out on the streets, protesting a full year of ‘misgovernance and corruption’. And on the nation’s main-travelled roads, the disaffected block traffic as the summer reaches its peak and the old bogey of energy shortage rears its disruptive head.
Even Sharif’s attempts at realpolitik—his overtures towards the Taliban that led to a lull in...