Pakistan / by Lewis McKinnon

Regressive bills, corruption and economic news dominated the Pakistani political landscape in the month of May. The Council of Islamic Ideology, an unelected advisory body, proposed a bill that would ban female nurses from treating men, with the bill subsequently defended by the chairman of the Council who also suggested men be able to 'lightly beat' their wives. A commission has been formed to investigate the implications of the Panama papers leak, with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and opposition politician Imran Khan both featuring in the list of Pakistanis involved. Corruption dominated the news, with a major graft scandal being discovered in Balochistan province and former ministers indicted for $7 billion of graft under the previous Pakistan People's Party regime. The United States (US) drone strike that killed Afghan Taliban leader Akhtar Mansour took place inside the ''no-go'' area of a settled Pakistani province, leading to a strong condemnation from Islamabad. The US looked set to reimburse Pakistan to the tune of $800 million for its anti-terror co-operation while the International Monetary Fund (IMF) granted Pakistan a $510 million aid package in recognition of Islamabad meeting its economic targets. Pakistan missed its growth target of 5.5 per cent, although the industrial sector's growth exceeded the government's target.