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Preserving Coalition Government Key to U.S. Objectives in Pakistan

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Publication Date: May 2008

Publisher(s): Heritage Foundation (Washington, D.C.)

Author(s): Lisa Curtis

Series: WebMemo

Topic: Government (Foreign relations)
Politics (Political status)

Keywords: Terrorism; National security; pakistan; taliban

Type: Brief

Coverage: Pakistan


A power struggle is underway between Pakistan People's Party (PPP) co-chairman (and widower of Benazir Bhutto) Asif Ali Zardari, Pakistan Muslim League/Nawaz (PML/N) leader Nawaz Sharif, and President Pervez Musharraf. This struggle threatens to unravel the newly elected coalition government and plunge Pakistan back into political chaos.