PTI government has almost completed the 18 months in power. PM Imran Khan’s government is facing many challenges ranging from high inflation to economic crisis. But real crisis seems to be the poor performance of the government. Not a single promise fulfilled so far. No serious reform initiated in any sector to improve the governance so far.
The poor performance is the real threat for the PTI government as it failed to deliver its promises. PM Imran Khan made promises before the July 25-2018 general elections to provide 2 million jobs every year and to build one million homes every year. He promised to give 10 million jobs and 5 million homes in his five years of government. He also promised to bring down prices and to reduce poverty.
In the first 18 months of his government- Pm Imran Khan has made nearly 2 million people unemployed. More than 14 million people have fallen under the poverty line. The inflation has arisen to 14.5% and food inflation at 24.8%. The loans continue to rise without any check from the government.
As the result of flawed economic policies-IMF conditionalities and bad governance- the economic growth has slowed to 2.4%. There are serious concerns that it might fall under 2%. The production of large scale manufacturing industries has already dropped. The agriculture is facing serious crisis. There will be no jobs-economic opportunities and prosperity without achieving the high growth rate.
The business confidence has been shattered by the economic policies and performance of PTI government. The cuts and austerity measures have significantly reduced the public consumption and development activities.
PM Imran Khan promised to reform the police and to make it accountable before the citizens. No serious reforms have been initiated to change the “Thana Culture.” The abusive-repressive and exploitative police system is still fully intact.
The performance of PTI government is not satisfactory but instead rather poor. The high inflation and rising unemployment and poverty are posing serious threat to the PTI government. It is not the opposition but the poor performance of PTI which poses the serious and real threat to PTI government.
Without improving its performance-PTI government will continue facing pressure from the masses to deliver. The success or failure of Imran Khan’s government depends on its performance and especially on its economic performance.
The life has become unbearable for the masses under PTI government. The masses are finding it really hard to pay electricity-gas and other utility bills- rents of houses and fees of their children. It is becoming increasingly difficult for overwhelming majority of workers to feed their families and to afford basic needs of their children.
The anger is increasing against PTI government. This situation poses serious threat to PTI government. Any mass movement around the issues of high inflation-unemployment and poverty can create serious troubles for the government.
There were high hopes that PTI will perform better and will try to solve the problems and issues faced by the masses. But its performance in first 18 months has disappointed many. No real effort been made to improve the governance.
Definitely this short duration is not enough to bring some kind of revolution in the country which is plagued by the issues of bad governance, mismanagement, corruption and law and order.
The government, however, was supposed to fix some directions and develop policies in a way that could put the country on right track. One should avoid making sweeping statements that the government has desperately failed to perform in all sectors but it becomes obvious when one keenly reviews the situation in different government sectors. It can be safely said that in one year of PTI rule, masses have become desperate and lost all their hopes they pinned on a new party after being fed up from decades’ long rule of two parties and military governments.
Despite being a parliamentary democracy, the state was not run through collective vision of elected parliamentarian in the past. PTI chairman made severe criticism against this practice but after coming into power he himself followed the bad tradition and failed to ensure his presence in the parliament on all important occasions.
His ministers appeared at the floor of parliament without preparation and instead of answering the questions raised by the opposition benches; they acted as fiery orators and just played the jugglery of words.
Civil bureaucracy acted as backbone to the country, having key importance in running the business of the state. The nation witnessed its decline with the passage of time and the reason was political interference and nepotism in the transfer posting and other matters of the federal, provincial secretaries and police officers. Khan’s government not only continued the old practice but even increased political interference in the matters of bureaucracy.
Furthermore, the NAB’s interference in bureaucracy proved fatal, badly affecting its performance in all key sectors of the federal and provincial governments. Opposition groups in the past always alleged that the NAB was used for political victimization. The PTI government came into power by cashing in on his anti-corruption slogan and it was expected that it would start a ruthless across the board accountability by making the anti-corruption watchdog more autonomous, more powerful, and impartial. But, unfortunately it continued selected accountability which provided an opportunity to corrupt mafia to propagate its narrative against the accountability process with more power.
The PTI government is lucky that its opposition is not seems serious to mobilise their own supporters and masses on the real issues faced by the people. Opposition is busy in its own survival. Opposition is not campaigning on the streets against anti-people economic policies of PTI government.
The opposition stand divided and poses no serious threat to the PTI government. Both the mainstream opposition parties are facing NAB cases and mostly focus on court cases. In the name of the accountability-the PTI government targeted one leading figure of opposition after the other one. The government arrested one leader of the opposition parties after the other.
The arrests and NAB cases severely affected the ability of the opposition parties to mobilise on the streets. One and half year performance of the PTI government has raised big question mark on overall capacity of the PTI government and its economic team. This 18 months rule of the PTI disappointed the nation including those who were outspoken supporter of the cricketer-turned-politician in the past. Poor performance poses the real threat to Imran khan’s government.
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28 March, 2020