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Pakistanis satisfied with performance of Punjab govt: Gallup Survey


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According to a Gilani Research Foundation Survey carried out by Gallup & Gilani Pakistan, 43% Pakistanis and 48% people in Punjab report that they are satisfied with the performance of the federal government since PTI won the 2018 elections.

A nationally representative sample of men and women from across the four provinces was asked, “To what extent are you satisfied or dissatisfied with the overall performance of the Punjab government since PTI won the elections in 2018?” In response to this question, 43% expressed satisfaction with regard to its performance, 14% neutrality, 37% dissatisfaction, while 6% did not know or did not wish to respond.

PM Khan was lambasted for appointing an unknown figure in Usman Buzdar as the CM of the largest province of Pakistan. Independent observers were skeptical of his capacity and acumen to rule the largest province in the country.

This survey indicates that despite economic and energy crisis, an overwhelming majority of Pakistani citizens supports the PTI government.

The country is witnessing load shedding and economic crisis which have led to inflation and loss to the national exchequer. Gas shortages have hit the country hard and people are relying upon alternative energy sources for heating and cooking in the winter.

Also, PM Imran Khan and his ruling party are under extreme pressure due to multifaceted reasons. The accountability drive which gained momentum after Imran Khan took office, has led the opposition to set aside its differences and form a united front to fend off pressure and scandalize NAB’s anti-graft investigations.

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Earlier this week, at a luncheon organized by PML-N head Shahbaz Sharif, PPP, PML-N, JUI-F, and other parties pledged to set aside their differences and protect ‘civil and democratic rights’ which are under threat from the government.

Analysts argue that this is the first sign of tough times ahead for PTI government which came into power after an uneasy alliance with smaller parties from Punjab, Sindh, and Baluchistan.

Also, Usman Buzdar, the incumbent CM Punjab is labeled as weak and inept by critics of the government. PM Khan was lambasted for appointing an unknown figure in Usman Buzdar as the CM of the largest province of Pakistan. Independent observers were skeptical of his capacity and acumen to rule the largest province in the country.

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However, despite oppositions’ relentless criticism and apprehensions of critics about Usman Buzdar, Pakistanis are satisfied with the performance of the government and are keen to see it through to the end.