In Pakistan, a prime minister and a country rebound — at least for now

By Tim Craig

— One year after he was nearly bounced from office, Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has hung on amid signs the country could be on the cusp of a surprising turnaround.

After years of terrorist attacks, military coups and political upheaval, Pakistan for now has settled into a period of relative calm. Over the past nine months, government statistics show, major terrorist attacks have declined 70 percent, and Pakistanis are flocking back to shopping malls, resorts and restaurants.

The relaxed and optimistic mood here is benefiting Sharif politically, despite the humiliation he faced a year ago when he had to cede a chunk of his power to Pakistan’s military. Still, the arrangement is allowing Sharif to do something that Pakistani leaders have struggled to accomplish for much of the past decade: implement a road map for what a peaceful, stable Pakistan could look like. And in the process, Sharif is winning over skeptics despite his low-key leadership style.

“People are feeling more secure. There are development projects, and the perspective of people is changing to say, ‘Okay, now we can see things are going well,’ ” said Zafar Mueen Nasir, dean of business studies at the Pakistan Institute of Development Economics. “Of course, there will always be some criticism and always a second opinion, but as far as I am concerned, this government is at least showing some progress.”

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Fomer‬ Pakistan Air Chief Asghar Khan says Pakistan started all 4 wars with ‪‎India‬.

Former Pakistan Air Chief Asghar Khan says India has never attacked Pakistan, and has no reason to. Says Pakistan’s military needs to be cut… the country doesn’t need such a large and powerful military force, that the US needs it more than Pakistani people, who need greater spending on education.

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BLF chief reportedly killed in Awaran operation: Bugti

By Zafar Baloch

“According to intelligence reports, BLF chief Dr Allah Nazar has been killed in an operation in Awaran,” Bugti said, while addressing the media.

However, he added, the reports of the BLF chief’s death have not been confirmed.

“The operation was successful as many key militants were killed and there has been no trace of Dr Nazar since the Eid operation,” Bugti added.

Read more » The Express Tribune
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More » BBC urdu
http://www.bbc.com/urdu/pakistan/2015/09/150908_blf_leader_death_as