Pakistan’s new prime minister has been sworn in by the country’s president for an unprecedented third term.
Shortly before the ceremony Nawaz Sharif used his first parliamentary speech since convincingly winning last month’s elections to call for an end to US drone strikes.
Pakistan’s strained relations with Washington are likely to be a major factor in Sharif’s foreign policy.
While the businessman tycoon faces major domestic challenges including dealing with the Taliban, sectarian violence and a near-collapsed economy, it is the drone strikes that have raised the political temperature.
The US sees the use of the unmanned aircraft as an effective way to take-out militants. However Pakistan is angry over the number of civilians which it says are dismissed as collateral damage by Washington. Many also view drone use as a breach of Pakistan’s sovereignty.