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Is government working for underprivileged classes in Pakistan?

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Prime Minister Imran Khan has once against assured that the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government is committed to change the lives of common people. According to a media report, parliamentarians from Kohat and Dera Ismail Khan called on Prime Minister Imran Khan in Islamabad on Friday where he shared his agenda. He told the lawmakers that it was the manifesto of PTI to work for the betterment of underprivileged classes in Pakistan.

The prime minister also said that the steps taken for the welfare of the people of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa will be extended forward in order to solidify the process of change in education, health, and other sectors.

PM Khan has said on many occasions that police will be depoliticized as they did in KP so that order and peace may be restored across the country.  PTI’s manifesto also offers a space for the politically marginalized groups in Pakistan.

Moreover, PM Khan highlighted the immense potential of tourism in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and said that promotion of tourism will not only benefit the economy of the province but of the country as well.

PTI’s Manifesto

As a matter of fact, unlike PML-N and PPP, the PTI has offered an interesting political framework to advance the party agenda on. The PTI would say its chairman prior to the general elections, strive to ensure ‘the establishment of the Islamic welfare state’. An Islamic welfare state refers to a state based upon the ideals of Islam which strives to ensure a comprehensive socio-economic and socio-political framework to order the lives of people, where every individual would be provided with opportunities to express his/her full potential.

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Moreover, the PTI laid focus on strengthening institutions by making them autonomous and independent. PM Khan has said on many occasions that police will be depoliticized as they did in KP so that order and peace may be restored across the country. PTI’s manifesto also offers a space for the politically marginalized groups in Pakistan.

“We will bring prominent changes to the administrative structure in Karachi; ensure successful completion of Fata’s merger with KP and will allocate specific funds for it; promote politics of understanding in Baluchistan; raise the movement of south Punjab province, and empower Gilgit Baltistan” read the PTI manifesto. But experts question the promises PTI made about the creation of new provinces before the elections. The creation of South Punjab province is a matter of contention these days where opposition demands two new provinces in Punjab and the government looks reluctant.

An opinion poll conducted by Gallup Pakistan has revealed that 51% Pakistanis are satisfied over the performance of PM Khan and his team. This is confirmed the opinion that PM Khan is doing well and making people-friendly policies.

Furthermore, the most important point the PTI leadership made was about his intention to safeguard Pakistan’s national interests and to present a better image of the country. PM Imran Khan has said multiple times that the interests of Pakistan will be protected at any cost.

PTI’s Performance

Political commentators believe that the PTI government is working on long-run projects; therefore, there is a state of uncertainty due to price-hike. As far as Pakistan’s foreign policy is concerned PM Khan has made exceptional changes and got remarkable success. PM Khan’s well-thought foreign policy helped to create a good image of the country to an extent that President Donald Trump desired to meet the newly elected leadership of Pakistan.

Read more: Pakistanis satisfied with performance of Punjab govt: Gallup Survey

Similarly, Pakistan’s foreign policy towards the Middle East was not much effective but since the PM Khan has assumed the office much has been changed. He has paid visits to Saudi Arabia, UAE, Qatar, and China to let friendly countries know that the new government in Pakistan is against corruption and welcoming investment.

The launch of Naya Pakistan Housing Scheme and Panahgah-the shelter houses within 6 months indeed shows the government’s intent to work for marginalized and underprivileged class of society; which is lesser concerned with the foreign policy and economic agendas and reforms of the government as they strive to at least have a shelter to sleep and food to eat.

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An opinion poll conducted by Gallup Pakistan has revealed that 51% Pakistanis are satisfied over the performance of PM Khan and his team. This is confirmed the opinion that PM Khan is doing well and making people-friendly policies. However, it is yet to be seen that how he turns his words uttered before elections into actions.

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