Challenges for Nawaz Sharif Government
Muhammad Hafeez, PhD
Professor of Sociology, Institute of Social & Cultural Studies, University of the Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan Mobile: 0322-4081271 [email protected]
Two months before American Elections in 2008, Mike McConnel, the Director of National Intelligence gave a briefing to Barack Hussain Obama (then candidate for US President). After the briefing Obama said: “You know, I’ve been worried about losing this election. After talking to you guys, I’m worried about winning this election” (as reported by Bob Woodward in his 2010 book: Obama’s Wars). In the same parallel, a worrisome picture of Nawaz Sharif, Shahbaz Sharif, and Ishaq Dar (the proposed chief of finance in the forthcoming government) appeared on the front page of daily Dawn on May 22, 2013. The demeanors of all the three leaders show deep and grimly future thoughts. In other words, governance seems to be a hugely difficult task in today’s complex Pakistani environment, particularly ...