The future is looking just a little brighter for former Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s. Pakistan’s ruling party, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), reinstated him as party leader on Oct. 3. The announcement came a day after the PML-N used its majority in the Pakistani parliament, the National Assembly, to pass the Electoral Reforms Bill 2017, enabling the disbarred prime minister to assume party leadership.
Still, Sharif will own up to his corruption charges in his pending trial before Pakistan’s top anti-corruption body, the National Accountability Bureau, when he is formally indicted on Oct. 9. As events progress, Sharif’s trial will steal the spotlight from all other domestic issues in Pakistan’s normally restive political landscape. With the 2018 national elections approaching, the country’s political parties will