Pakistan swears in new president

By Alejandro Freixes, CCNN Head Writer

Pakistan’s new president, Mamnoon Hussain, was sworn in at a ceremony in the capital city of Islamabad. The previous president, Asif Ali Zardari, stepped down on Sunday, making way for Hussain. The reality of Pakistani politics, though, is that the president is mostly a symbolic figure. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who holds much of the real power, said, “We have to rise above politics on some issues…  for the sake of this country.” A statement from the political parties declared, “…we shall ourselves determine the means and mode of fighting this war in our national interest and shall not be guided by the United States of America or any other country in this regard.” In other words, Pakistan does not wish to be pressured into dealing with the Taliban who are causing chaos in Afghanistan. Many of the Taliban fighters seem to take shelter in Pakistan, avoiding both Afghan and US forces.

Featured image courtesy of Mamnoon Hussain Facebook.