Challenges to PTI’s Government

After the 25 July general elections, PTI chairman and PM in waiting Imran Khan along with his stalwart party members are structuring their federal and provincial governments in Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. They announced names of Speaker of National and Punjab Assembly, Governor Punjab, KPK and Sindh, Chief Minister of KPK and Federal Finance Minister. Speaker of National and four provincial assemblies and Chief Minister of KPK and Sindh assemblies has been elected. Imran Khan has adjudged to give the representation to coalition parties in the federal cabinet. Grand opposition decided to give tough time to upcoming government. They will protest against systematic election rigging inside and outside the Parliament. Opposition parties agreed that they will closely scrutinize government business. They will oppose government’s conflicting policies. No doubt if Grand Opposition retains its existence it would make legislation and policy formulation abstruse.

There are severe economic, political, health and education issues which upcoming elected government has to be confronted. Pakistan is facing budget and trade deficit. Budget deficit is approximately sixteen hundred billion. Government spending is more than its earning. It would be an amplified challenge to raise more revenues and abate government expenditure. They can raise revenue by increasing tax net because less than twenty percent are tax payers in the country. Similarly our imports are more than exports as a result we are facing trade deficit. Exports are diminishing. Upcoming government has to enhance exports by altering trade policy and introducing trade reforms. Pakistan is becoming water scarce country because we didn’t build any water reservoir in previous few decades. As already Supreme Court took initiative to raise funds for Diamer Basha and Mohmand dam. But next step is dam building which is executive business rather than the judiciary. It is an adamantine challenge for newly elected government.

Unemployment rate is also high and mostly young people do not have jobs. Without private sector it is not possible to eradicate unemployment because almost ninety percent jobs are created by it. How to flourish this sector it will be a challenge for finance minister?  Energy crisis is at worst despite of many promises by PMLN government but they could not fulfill them. Common people do not have access to adequate health facilities. Transparency and Accountability are the subjects which were emphasized and criticized by PTI chairman Imran during PMLN government tenure. He criticized on existing accountability and transparency institutions. He claimed when he will be in power then he will eradicate political interference in such institutions. Now he is becoming chief executive and it is a time to deliver his manifesto. Let see at what extent he will deliver.

Civil Military relationships were not much better in previous government peculiarly related to interior and foreign policy. How PTI government will deal with them?  Imran Khan will be able to formulate independent interior and foreign policy without military interference? Time will answer this question. Policy formulation is civilian mandate rather than military officials. General public have many expectations towards Imran Khan as he promised to bring revolutionary changes in the existing governance system. He said he will bring police, justice, tax system and anti-corruption reforms. Indeed too many expectations lead to disappointment. If Imran Khan wouldn’t accomplish his promises people of Pakistan will become pessimist. Best wishes for newly elected government.

 

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