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Ahead of elections, Sharif's return heats up Pakistan politics

Tensions rise between PML-N and military

Pakistani former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif   © Reuters

NEW DELHI -- Now that former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has returned as leader of the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), Pakistani politics has become more fractious ahead of next year's general elections.

The Supreme Court disqualified Sharif from his position in July on grounds of tax evasion in a ruling considered by many to have been instigated by the military. The former premier's return to the political scene is thought certain to intensify confrontation between the PML-N and the military.

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