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The real difference between PTI and PML-N

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Muhammad Talha |

With the next general elections around the corner, all political parties of Pakistan are girding up their loins to enter the political battlefield. The elections of 2018 hold a major significance because for nearly all major players it would perhaps be the last chance of tasting the power-plum before their teeth give way.

As per the conjectures, and the popular street chatters, the main contestants for forming the next government are PTI and PML-N. While PTI’s chief Imran, the “Sadiq & Ameen”, will use his clean image and the exceptional party performance in KPK (given that this was PTI’s first term, and that too in a terror-stricken province without any satisfactory infrastructure) for canvassing his rival Mian Nawaz Sharif, the disqualified non-Sadiq and non-Ameen, who has nothing to do but to resort to a litany of lies, deceits and the famous cry of the 21st century; “Mujhay Kiyun Nikala?”.

The next elections will definitely see the accession of Imran Khan to power, In Shaa ALLLAH, and if anyone still has doubts about it then please get some popcorn and guarantee yourself a front row ticket to witness history as it is made!

The difference between PTI and PML-N is obvious to the naked eye. While PTI is the result of an individual’s untiring and relentless efforts of 22 years, PML-N is nothing but a group of centrifugal debauched forces conglomerated in a military nursery. This dichotomy in the political landscape is further strengthened by the comparison of the two provinces, which falls under the reign of these two political foes.

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So in my opinion, an objective analysis of the performance of KPK and Punjab in light of the 06 “Good-Governance Indicators” is very necessary to burst the bubble of deceit that PML-N has been creating for the past three decades.

The basics of good governance include:

  • Voice and Accountability.
  • Political Stability and Absence of Violence.
  • Government Effectiveness.
  • Regulatory Quality.
  • Rule of Law.
  • Control of Corruption.

All of these indicators hinge on one critical aspect, and that is the empowerment of institutions. PTI takes a clear lead in this perspective. Imran Khan has always been keen on depoliticizing the institutions in order to allow them to function to their fullest. The results are evident in the police, education and health sectors in KPK, which gives KPK a comfortable lead over Punjab in the “Rule of Law”, “Regulatory Quality” and “Political Stability & Absence of Violence”. These three sectors are the ones, which have a direct connection with the populace.

This notion will further be dispelled with the enactment of the “Unexplained Wealth Order” in the UK, which has triggered investigations against 5 properties allegedly bought from stashed or embezzled wealth.

Tread any street of KPK and ask people, you will get the answer. Also, tread any street in Punjab, and you will again get the answer. And please bear in mind that it is 30 years of an off and on reign vs 4 years of a nascent government. The “Government Effectiveness” is an open secret.

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While Punjab struggles to grapple with the ever increasing evil of nepotism, intercession, politicization and corruption, the government of KPK has, indeed, set an example for its old neighbour that governments don’t function in advertisements, they function on the ground. From a terror devastated province to a strong competitor against Punjab in just 4 years, this is the result of just one quality; “the will to do something”.

Related to “Voice and Accountability” and “Control of Corruption”, with the enactment of bills such as “Conflict of Interest” and “Right to Information”, the KPK government is substantially taking measures for curbing corruption and promoting transparency. On the other hand in Punjab, a single individual holding the seat of CM is seen pandering to his whims and likes to execute things with the movement of his finger.

One of them is what the world knows as “Avenfield Apartments” held by none other than the indicted Sharif family. So nature is playing its course and the longest reigning political supremacy of the PML-N is coming to its justified end.

Unsurprisingly, due to the government being in cahoots with the criminals (who happen to be PML-N MNAs) most of the times, the densely populated and electorally most important province of Pakistan is in the hands of political actors who surface every 5 years. To cut it short, the PML-N’s time is over.

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If anyone within PML-N or their supporters, who despite the ugly antecedents of the Sharifs are still senselessly following the rhetoric against the state of Pakistan and think that the carcass of Sharif’s dead political career can be resuscitated, should know that it is nothing but a dangerous notion.

This dichotomy in the political landscape is further strengthened by the comparison of the two provinces, which falls under the reign of these two political foes.

This notion will further be dispelled with the enactment of the “Unexplained Wealth Order” in the UK, which has triggered investigations against 5 properties allegedly bought from stashed or embezzled wealth. One of them is what the world knows as “Avenfield Apartments” held by none other than the indicted Sharif family.

So nature is playing its course and the longest reigning political supremacy of the PML-N is coming to its justified end. PTI is the talk of the town. The next elections will definitely see the accession of Imran Khan to power, In Shaa ALLLAH, and if anyone still has doubts about it then please get some popcorn and guarantee yourself a front row ticket to witness history as it is made!

Muhammad Talha is an electrical engineer from Germany and a previous blogger for ‘The News International’. The views expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect GVS editorial policy.


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