What's Next For Pakistani Politics?

In this photo released by Pakistan's Press Information Department, newly-elected Prime Minister of Pakistan Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, right, is greeted by the Opposition leader Khursheed Shah, left, and others at the Parliament in Islamabad, Pakistan, Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2017. Pakistan's lower house of parliament elected Abbasi as the country's new prime minister, a loyalist of outgoing Nawaz Sharif, who was disqualified by the Supreme Court for concealing assets.(Pakistan Press Information Department via AP)
In this photo released by Pakistan's Press Information Department, newly-elected Prime Minister of Pakistan Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, right, is greeted by the Opposition leader Khursheed Shah, left, and others at the Parliament in Islamabad, Pakistan, Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2017. Pakistan's lower house of parliament elected Abbasi as the country's new prime minister, a loyalist of outgoing Nawaz Sharif, who was disqualified by the Supreme Court for concealing assets. Pakistan Press Information Department via AP
In this photo released by Pakistan's Press Information Department, newly-elected Prime Minister of Pakistan Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, right, is greeted by the Opposition leader Khursheed Shah, left, and others at the Parliament in Islamabad, Pakistan, Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2017. Pakistan's lower house of parliament elected Abbasi as the country's new prime minister, a loyalist of outgoing Nawaz Sharif, who was disqualified by the Supreme Court for concealing assets.(Pakistan Press Information Department via AP)
In this photo released by Pakistan's Press Information Department, newly-elected Prime Minister of Pakistan Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, right, is greeted by the Opposition leader Khursheed Shah, left, and others at the Parliament in Islamabad, Pakistan, Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2017. Pakistan's lower house of parliament elected Abbasi as the country's new prime minister, a loyalist of outgoing Nawaz Sharif, who was disqualified by the Supreme Court for concealing assets. Pakistan Press Information Department via AP

What's Next For Pakistani Politics?

Pakistan’s Prime Minister, Nawaz Sharif, resigned last week after the country’s Supreme Court ruled he was no longer fit for office. The Pakistani parliament elected Shahid Khaqan Abbasi to replace Sharif.

To discuss Pakistan’s political future, we’re joined by Aqil Shah, an assistant professor of South Asian Studies at the University of Oklahoma and non-resident scholar at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace’s South Asia program. He’s author of the book The Army and Democracy: Military Politics in Pakistan.