By Maryam Farooq Nisar
The initial phase of PTI’s government in power has witnessed and envisaged the government staggering from one catastrophe to another.
The reduction and depreciation of economy as directed by the IMF has put severe stress on the underprivileged sections of society. This has finally led to a massive scarcity of job opportunities and high degree inflation.
The macroeconomic set-up as foreseen by the government for the current year is based primarily on the attenuation of current account discrepancy. Besides this, all predictions of progression advocate that situation would remain more or less the same as it had been during the previous year.
‘Anti-corruption’ campaign was the area where the government seemed tough to negotiate. However, many opposition leaders are getting bails after captivity in ANF, NAB and FIA cases. It seems as the trial is stumbling and the campaign running out of steam.
Along with chasing the opposition, NAB’s impartiality is also coming under scrutiny. The important figures of the PTI government have so far being exempted from ‘explanation’ by the anti-corruption body, which negates its earlier stance.
The government’s latest ordinance restraining NAB’s powers is allegedly a nod to earn support of the business and civil service community. The motive behind this is the fundamental role being played by this community in kick-starting a declining economy. However, things at this point lack clarity whether the ‘giants’ of commerce and industry wanted it to be so.
It isn’t clear if this is the incentive the captains of commerce and industry longed for.
All this does not foretell positivity by the PTI but if its supporters accurately reveal wider support on social media, then there is a smooth go ahead for the party. Imran Khan is fortunate to have devoted supporters who remain unchanged in their pledge towards him and present an unconditional support in all his decisions.
This might be advantageous but does not certify enhanced governance for the masses, for whom all hope a quick start of the economy. What if the PTI government fails to earn backing of major institutions, is an unanswered question.
As regards the opposition, PPP leader Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari has won the likings of Maulana Fazlur Rahman of the JUI-F and along with some PML-N leaders who claim that the nation will witness a change in the government, in addition to fresh elections being conducted.
Asif Zardari has come up with the view that the joint opposition in parliament must bring about a definite plan of action against the PTI federal government and a probable plea for its dismissal.
The recent act of bringing an army boot in a live TV program by Faisal Vawda, a federal minister of PTI has earned great displeasure of the parliament and the masses. The idea behind this misbehavior of Vawda was to ridicule the opposition, namely Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz and Pakistan Peoples Party for casting their vote in parliament in favor of the recently-passed Army Act.
Nonetheless, thin majority of PTI and its associates in the latest by-elections in the parliament, together with a budding joint opposition mugging, can make the situation very cumbersome for the federal government. The recurrent assaults by the government on the opposition has created a milieu of relentless stiffness that will definitely endanger parliamentary business and good governance. Pak Destiny