Thu, 02 May 2013 12:30:00 GMT
Pak elections: Is Nawaz Sharif the alternative?

With his party's base in Punjab expanding and with corruption scandals dogging Zardari, Nawaz is fancying his chances



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Former Pakistani premier Nawaz Sharif speaks during an election campaign in Islamabad on May 1, 2013. Pakistan's opposition leader Nawaz Sharif, on the cusp of winning an historic third term as prime minister of Pakistan, is quietly confident of victory and believes that he is the man best placed to tackle the country's chronic economic problems. Calm and collected after a lightening visit to Islamabad, addressing a hot and sweaty basement room packed with businessmen in a noticebly unflashy hotel, the 63-year-old is keen to present himself as statesman in waiting. Sharif, the scion of one of Pakistan's most powerful industrial families, has been prime minister twice already. He was elected in 1990 but sacked three years later by the president on corruption charges. He won a second term in 1997.

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