This is a real test. Domestically, [the escalation of violence with India] is the first crisis of his administration. I feel that he is passing the test right now....the ball is in (India Prime Minister Narendra) Modi's court. Khan says Pakistan is done—it would take further action from India to re-escalate (violence).
Pakistan’s main extremist challenge in 2019 and beyond is no longer a violent insurgency waged by the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, as it was a few years ago. Indeed, Pakistan’s new extremists are hardliners who do not (yet) engage in mass-casualty terrorist attacks, but in massive, disruptive protests over the issue of blasphemy. Over the last few years, they have been emboldened by the state’s lack of enforcement against them and the failure to publicly provide a credible counter-narrative.The fight against these extremists, more than any other, will define whether Pakistan changes course for the better.