A Political Tiger Returns From the Wild in Pakistan

As the results of Pakistan's election became apparent in the early hours of May 12, cheering supporters of Nawaz Sharif spilled out into the streets of Lahore. Sharif's party had beaten expectations and was cruising toward a convincing victory that gave it control of the national Parliament. Young men whizzed by on motorbikes, fluttering party flags attached at the back. "Look, look who has come! The tiger has come, the tiger has come!" they chanted, referring to Sharif's election symbol.

The tiger has been there before, though. In 1999, then Prime Minister...

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