Pakistan P.M. Demands End to Drones

In a speech today following his reelection as Pakistan’s prime minister, Nawaz Sharif called for an end to U.S. drone strikes. Returning to the post after his ouster in a military coup some 13 years ago and subsequent exile, Sharif began an unprecedented third term seemingly set to fulfill campaign promises to limit American influence by demanding respect for Pakistan’s sovereignty saying, “These drone strikes that rain in every day have to stop.” Sharif faces a number of other challenges as well, including the Taliban insurgency, a sinking economy, and an electricity crisis.