Nawaz Sharif is back. And this time, it could be the culmination of a political journey that has seen him established as perhaps the country's only genuine statesman in a couple of generations.
To critics, he is an unreformed rightwinger, a conservative politician who allows his party to pander to the extremist Islamist fringe, an arrogant bully who recklessly threatens confrontation with other institutions, particularly the powerful army.
But Sharif is no longer the callow 30-year-old who got his start in politics as a protege of the dictator General Zia. Nor is he the wild confrontationist whose first two terms as prime minister came to premature ends because of his inability to pick his battles or learn to co-exist with other power centres.… Seguir leyendo »