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Pakistan's Other Sharif Visits Washington as He Expands His Role

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Pakistani army chief Raheel Sharif.

Pakistani army chief Raheel Sharif.

Photographer: Aamir Qureshi/AFP/Getty Images
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Raheel Sharif has been remarkably busy this year meeting powerful people to discuss Pakistan: the prime minister of Turkey, the U.S. secretary of state and the general secretary of the Chinese Communist Party, to name a few. This week he’s spending five days in Washington, a trip that’s already included an audience with the CIA chief.

Sharif, though, isn’t Pakistan’s leader. That’s the other Sharif: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who’s not related. Raheel Sharif, a four-star general, is the nation’s chief of army staff. And, by all accounts, his ties with Nawaz Sharif are a bit rocky.