Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Could Sharif Play a New Role in U.S.-Pakistan Relations?

In "U.S. Weighs Sharif as Partner in Pakistan," yesterday's New York Times suggests the Obama administration is considering whether Pakistani opposition leader Nawaz Sharif can be a reliable partner in the U.S.'s fight against the Taliban and Al Qaeda.

Sharif, who was Pakistan's prime minister for six years from 1990 to 1999 before being ousted by General Pervez Musharraf, regained government support in Pakistan this month when he led a protest causing the government to restore Pakistan's Chief Justice Chaudhry. You can read more about Sharif's role in Pakistani politics in the U.S. Department of State's Background Notes on Pakistan or in this Times Topics article.

For the latest perspective on Pakistan from the U.S. Department of Defense, take a look at this news article from March 13. For a less current, but more detailed, report on U.S.-Pakistan relations, see this Congressional Research Service Issue Brief from 2003.

For more resources on Pakistan and its relations with the U.S., see our guide to Pakistan.

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