Prime Minister Sharif has inherited a depleting economy, troubling foreign relations and a polarised domestic front.
Sitara Noor is a Senior Researcher at the Centre for Aerospace & Security Studies in Islamabad, Pakistan.
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The January 3 statement should be seen as a very small, but still important, step in the right direction.
However, the current trends still indicate a dangerous trajectory towards a new arms race between the US and China.