Pakistan is no stranger to precarity in politics. Beware of the Ides of March they say and it could not have been truer in the case of Pakistan. The unfolding situation at present paints a grim picture for Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI).
The government from the very start lacked a cogent development plan and thereby failed to deliver on the many promises that were made. The GDP growth rate in 2018 was 5.79 which plummeted to 3.94 by 2021 indicating the economic woes Pakistan encounters. With inflation at an all time high, it comes as no surprise that the ruling party faces the conundrum that it does now.
When PTI came into power, the inflation rate was 3.93, and by 2020, it was a record breaking 10.74 percent. Poor governance coupled with financial mismanagement propelled an exponential rise in the inflationary rates. As James Carville advised Bill Clinton, it’s the economy, stupid. If only Imran Khan had his James Carville to guide him. Instead he was surrounded by sycophants who only furthered a hostile political narrative and taking pot shots at the opposition. With a witch hunt masquerading as NAB, no tangible development gains were secured.
Anti corruption slogans could do little to make up for the lack of any economic growth. Citizenry increasingly became weary of hearing the same hollow slogans amidst the rising prices of essential commodities and fuel prices. And the very slogans of accountability and corruption could not be enforced within their own party, let alone on a broader national level. None of the cases levelled against the PML N could be logically concluded. The list of PTI failures abounds; the many promises of expanding the tax revenues was mere lip service. While the PML N leadership has always focused on strengthening infrastructure, road networks and solid development schemes that have trickled down to reach the masses, PTI had no such achievements. A vote of no confidence is anything but logical end to a tenure marred with incompetence, bad governance and an acutely poor management of the Pakistan economy.
Prime Minister has always spoken about valuing national interest above any other benefit. He’s time and again spoken about his commitment to the development of Pakistan as the sole driver of his political ideology and that he’s not power hungry. If that is the case then right now is the best time to prove that. He must step down gracefully accepting defeat and reflect on the many mistakes he made which has led to this situation. Bad innings, Khan Sb.
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