Fmr. Pakistani PM Sharif Returns to Power

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Former Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Shaif is set to return to office after an overwhelming victory in weekend parliamentary elections.

Sharif was ousted in a military coup. His latest victory comes as some say relations between the United States and Pakistan are deteriorating.

In a post-election interview with the Wall Street Journal Sharif said he wants "good relations" with the U.S.

But critics of Sharif say he has a dangerous tolerance of extremist groups, a belief supported by Sharif's vague stance during his campaign on issues of interest to the United States, like the fight against terrorism.

Meanwhile, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and President Obama both welcomed his victory, saying the U.S. will work with the new government.

"The United States and Pakistan have a long history of working together on mutual interests," Obama said in a statement. "And my administration looks forward to continuing our cooperation with the Pakistani government that emerges from this election as equal partners in supporting a more stable, secure, and prosperous future for the people of Pakistan."

Analysts suggest Sharif's vagueness was a political move to garner support from his conservative Islamic base, and they note his favorable track record for working well with U.S. officials during his two terms as prime minister in the 1990s.

What does this mean for the Christians? CBN News Senior International Reporter Gary Lane talks about this and more on, CBN's Newswatch, May 13.


 

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