Is There Any Way To Help Pakistan Govern Better?

Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on June 15, 2017. He resigned as Prime Minister on June 28. (AAMIR QURESHI/AFP/Getty Images)

Last Friday, under a narrow and never-before-utilized clause of the Pakistani constitution, one focused on moral probity, Pakistan’s Supreme Court deemed Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif ineligible to be “an honest member of parliament,” and thereby ineligible to hold office as prime minister. He resigned.

The decision emerged from processes unleashed by the Panama Papers, in which undisclosed assets held by Sharif’s family members came to light. The Supreme Court decision strangely cited the nondisclosure of income from a company his son owns in Dubai as the reason for the moral probity finding. (Sharif’s lawyers said he did not receive such income).

On the surface any effort to rein in corruption in a land that suffers badly and widely from it should

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