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Will Nawaz Sharif negotiate with the Taliban?

Pakistan's new Prime Minister faces two key challenges

By Samira Shackle   June 2013

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Nawaz Sharif (top right), the “Lion of Punjab,” has been elected Prime Minister of Pakistan © Carol Mitchell

On Saturday 11th May, Pakistan went to the polls. It was the first time in the country’s history that one elected government handed over to another, but the results offered little new. The voters have returned power to Nawaz Sharif, head of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), making him the first person in the country’s history to hold the office of Prime Minister three times.

During his previous terms (1990-93 and 1997-99)…

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