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Sharif Sees Quelling Militants as Job One in Pakistan Return

Nawaz Sharif, the two-time Pakistan prime minister seeking a return in next week’s election, will prioritize quelling militancy ravaging the country should he win power, according to one of his party’s top officials.

Leading in opinion polls before the May 11 ballot, Sharif, 63, would seek the support of military commanders and political rivals to counter extremism, Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, who led Sharif’s Pakistan Muslim League party in opposition in the last parliament, said in an interview April 26.