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A supporter of former premier Nawaz Sharif gestures as he jumps over
burning tires during a protest in Lahore on March 2, 2009, after a
court last month barred the main opposition leader Nawaz Sharif from
running for office. Political turmoil in Pakistan after a court banned
the most popular opposition leader running for public office could make
the stagnant economy even more dependent on US aid and IMF bailouts.
Thousands of supporters of Nawaz Sharif have rallied across the
nuclear-armed country, with mobs setting cars ablaze and clashing with
police in the biggest protests against the rule of President Asif Ali
Zardari. (Arif
Ali/AFP/Getty Images)

Relatedly, see the Atlantic Council's dire warning about the future of Pakistan:

The time horizon to get aid to Pakistan so it can begin the job of
turning around its economy and polity is months not years. Pakistan
requires a great deal more assistance than it currently getting if it
is to succeed and the principal source of that assistance must be the
United States.

 --Michael Crowley

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