After 14 years out of power, Nawaz Sharif is poised to become prime minister again, and he is a man in a hurry to clean up what he calls Pakistan’s mess.
Sharif said on Saturday his Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) party was the clear winner in general elections and that he hoped for a majority to avoid a coalition.
Sharif, who vows to bring in free market enterprise and ease economic controls, says speedy growth is the only answer for nuclear-armed Pakistan, a strategic US ally.
Sharif, who made his fortune in steel, seems to have matured as a politician since he was toppled by former army chief and president Pervez Musharraf in a bloodless coup in 1999.
Best of luck, Pakistan Zindabad.