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.