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Imran Khan, who was sworn in Saturday as Prime Minister of Pakistan, is following in some familiar footsteps.

He won’t thank anyone for pointing it out, but his brand of hard-nosed nationalist populism smacks of President Trump, notwithstanding the fact that Khan’s been at politics way longer, a couple of decades at least.

I’ve seen some of it close up, having followed him on the campaign trail during the country’s recent elections.

We flew together on a flimsy helicopter in to the infamous “Swat Valley” in the Hindu Kush mountains into what a few years earlier had been the Pakistani Taliban’s heartland.

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The town was close to where Nobel laureate, then-schoolgirl Malala Yousefzai was shot in the head by the radical extremist