Volume 23 Issue 6, June 2019
 
 
 
By Dr. Niaz Murtaza

On the campaign trial, the PTI had promised major Tabdeeli. Thus, the party itself had created high hopes for its first months in power. Now that the PTI has been in power for nine months, it is time to judge how it has fared in office. Even though bringing about lasting outcomes take years, one can still judge its initial performance by using a realistic framework focused on the causal chain of incremental change. The quality of outcomes that a party achieves depends on the quality of its governance and the quality of that in turn depends on the quality of its cabinet team. While it is too early to judge PTI on outcomes, it is not too early to judge its team and the quality of its governance to-date.


Dr. Moonis Ahmar

Following the July 2018 general elections, the party which promised a ‘New Pakistan’ based on the ‘Madina’ type of welfare state, came to power.

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Dr Murad Ali
Dr. Moonis Ahmar
Dr. Muhammad Babar Chohan
Dr. Niaz Murtaza
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Imran Jan
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By S.R.H. Hashmi

Former president Gen Pervez Musharraf, though not an authority on such matters, when asked about Imran Khan said words to the effect that apart from cricket, the gentleman really didn't know much. While it was too much of a simplification, the remark did have some truth in it. After all, while recounting his achievements, until quite recently, Imran mostly talked about cricket, and of course the Shaukat Khanum Cancer Hospital.


Now that Narendra Modi has returned for the second time as Prime Minister of India with a heavy mandate, what does this spell for India, for the region and the world? There is no doubt that Modi has developed into a very strong politician of national standing who has led India over the past decade with great success despite his right wing politics. Before that, as chief minister of the state of Gujarat, he was equally effective and it was his understanding and control of Indian politics that propelled him to the position of superiority that he enjoys today. He has made the Bharata Janata Party a reality of Indian politics that the Congress Party of the Nehrus always looked down upon. To them, India was the Congress Party and vice versa. In their mind, no other political manifestation could replace the magic and charisma of the Congress Party and that even in its fourth generation (that of Rahul and Priyanka Gandhi), the Congress Party would be a force to be reckoned with against the BJP. It is interesting to see that such thinking has been turned on its head by Modi’s landslide victory and the saga of the Nehru dynasty has come grinding to a close.

Narendra Modi and the BJP have appeared on the world horizon with a fresh outlook. True, that the BJP is a champion of rightwing politics and that, in many ways, its world view is skewered and lopsided. All the atrocities that Modi and the BJP have wreaked on the minorities of India, especially the Muslims, have not stood them in a good light, but they have succeeded in building a place for Modi as a world leader and India as a world power. After all, while Modi was the chief minister of Gujarat, he was not granted permission to travel to the USA as he was deemed a butcher of humanity. Today, he is a most respected international personality and the world is ready to accept him with open arms. Perhaps, this is an opportunity that Narendra Modi must capitalize on to rise above his previously narrow band of thinking and expand his horizons to do what other leaders have not succeeded in doing before him. As in the words of William Shakespeare, “There is a tide in the affairs of men which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune.” It is said that former Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was all for a workable solution of the long-festering Kashmir problem and the way retired diplomats describe it, he and former President Pervez Musharraf were only a few days away from reaching a deal. It was only then that things started going bitter for Musharraf in Pakistan and he became too preoccupied with his domestic political problems. At that point, he seems to have lost interest in solving the Kashmir issue and it was again put on the backburner.

In recent times, Prime Minister Imran Khan has said that it would be easier for him to speak to a strong leadership in India regarding the Kashmir problem as well as other issues. It was being expected that India may get a hung parliament following the 2019 elections and it would again be difficult for Pakistan to negotiate issues with the next Indian government. Whether it is fortunate or unfortunate, but a strong, single-minded government has now come into power in India. It is a rightist government that follows the Hindutva philosophy but if India looks towards carving for itself a distinct position as a true world power, it must rise above its tunnel-vision thinking and exploit this opportunity to emerge as a major country that lives in peace with its neighbours and with the rest of the world.

If the leadership in Pakistan is willing to talk peace with India, then all that remains in the equation is the role of the other side. It is India that must now emerge from the ashes of history and take initiatives from the position of strength that it has built for itself. India also has the option of keep growing its economic and military strength and trampling every other nation in the region under its feet. If that happens, it will always be an uneasy path for India and the country will never succeed in achieving permanent regional peace nor become the superpower that it dreams to be. But if India chooses to live amicably with its neighbours, especially Pakistan, and stops bullying them, there is all the hope that South Asia will have the opportunity to progress on lines of the rest of the developing world and that the fifth of humanity that exists in this part of the world will have the same opportunities to grow and prosper. In the end, it all depends on Narendra Modi’s view of the world from his new position of strength.

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Hard-Hitting

Your last month’s cover story on the Asian Development Bank (ADB) was hard-hitting. All the writers talked about the loopholes of Pakistan’s economy. Two articles that were insightful for me were the Income Growth sans Human Development and The Development Recipe. Pakistan is a nation that has had bad governance for too long. In all these years of foreign aid, loans and deals, Pakistan’s progress had been more or less at a snail’s pace. It’s high time the people wake-up from their slumber. They should stop celebrating and fooling people in the name of deceased political leaders and old victories. Pakistan needs to invest in its economy, health and social sciences to target a stable and prosperous tomorrow. The people have suffered for nearly 40 years or maybe more and now all that is left is the fallacy of a new dawn. Pakistan has incompetent politicians. What it needs are real leaders.

Mohsin Aly,
Lahore, Pakistan.


Print is Reliable

Electronic media is expanding at a high speed but I still feel that print media has more credibility as the news is complete, accurate and thoroughly checked by a number of reporters and editors. The news that comes through electronic media is transmitted very quickly and so it often lacks the complete information required to make a good news story. Also, the facts stated in the news sometimes come out as totally wrong. There are still people who prefer reading newspapers in the morning while having tea or breakfast rather than watching the news on television or viewing it online.

Bilal Zaheer,
Quetta, Pakistan.


Gender Diversity

There have been many debates on how we stereotype a man and a woman. From a long time, we witnessed how women were taught to adjust and compromise to a male-centric world but gone are those days. Now, where on the one hand, women are acquiring almost 50% jobs in the corporate sector and balancing both their jobs and home very well, men are cooking, doing the laundry and taking care of the kids along with doing wonders at the workplace. That’s how we all want to see men and women complementing each other. We all have heard ‘in unity there is strength’. Just imagine how much our nation would prosper if we followed this dictum at home as well.

Sana Sayyad,
New Delhi, India.

 

Stressful Karachi

I miss the clean wide roads of Karachi. The sides of the roads are blocked with debris and the waste blocks major traffic arteries. The government starts projects that severely disturb traffic. Nearly 70% of Karachi is getting an infrastructural change. I agree that underpasses will help ease traffic on the roads but if the major roads are blocked due to work on underpasses and there is debris and over flowing gutters, how will people commute? People already cannot meet their time schedules and things are getting very difficult for them. I hope there is some way out of this.

Sadia Bano,
Karachi, Pakistan.

 

 

Life at IBA

It gives me immense pleasure to express my gratitude for the kind of work SouthAsia magazine is doing. I can’t thank it enough for covering the prestigious institution IBA in the magazine’s ‘Special Feature’ section in its May 2019 issue. Being a current student of IBA, it felt great to see the informative articles written by some of the leading personalities from the institution. Dr. Farrukh Iqbal rightly portrayed what IBA actually does to empower its students, while Dr. Ishrat Hussain’s interview upgraded our knowledge, not to exclude the interesting observations shared by the IBA’s alumni who talked about their wonderful experiences at the country’s leading business institution.

Amna Ilyas
Karachi, Pakistan.


A Social Evil

Street begging is a nuisance. Begging is considered a social evil in the civilized world, but it has become a well-organized profession in our country. We are always greeted by a bunch of beggars in such public places as bus stops, shopping centres, street corners, mosques, etc. Unfortunately, in our society, giving alms is believed to be a part of religion. The most painful thing is that most beggars can earn a living themselves, but they find it easier to live on other people’s hard-earned money. To make things worse, they even encourage their children to follow the same practice. Thus, this so-called charity leads to so many other social evils. I urge the concerned authorities to put an end to this social scourge by declaring it an illegal activity.

Saleha Fatima,
Karachi, Pakistan.


Technological Advancement

Changes in the technological world have made our life much easier than it was many years back but with ease comes difficulty. Starting the day with instant coffee to ending it with ready-to-cook foods, do we still believe that we have a healthy lifestyle? Several studies have shown that consuming too much instant food can lead to various diseases but instead of doing something about it, we continue to resort to having instant food. Gadgets have ruined the childhoods of children as they are now more into spending hours with these gadgets instead of their own family.

Archibald Andrews,
Edinburgh, Scotland.

New Record

A Nepali girl Bandana has set a new Guinness World Record by dancing non-stop for 126 hours (over 5 days) in a long dancing marathon - a record previously held by an Indian girl. The 18 year old took on the challenge to promote Nepalese music and culture.

Kiran Chowdhury,
Dhaka, Bangladesh.

 

Comeback!

Meera has always managed to be on TV, be it her shifting to the US or her numerous scandals and marriages. This time she is in the news for her role in the coming film ‘Baaji’. According to the cast and crew of the film, Meera turned out to be a phenomenal actress. She will be seen in a new avatar in the film. Everyone is waiting for Meera. Maybe this is the comeback she had been waiting for.

Izma Rasheed,
Faisalabad, Pakistan.

 
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