Governance

Into the Darkness

Before the Coronavirus came, Imran Khan and his team had not
done a very good job of ruling Pakistan.

By Labbaba Jahangir | July 2020

The slogan of ‘Tabdeeli’ (change) was what brought Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) into the spotlight after years of struggle. The people of Pakistan were yearning for change in the political system for quite a while. Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, with its new faces and young workers, came as a breath of fresh air for the nation. After 22 years of struggle under the leadership of Imran Khan, it came to power in 2018 with promises of changing the system and removing corruption. An equal rule of law was promised for the rich and poor. But soon after the elections it was realized by the public that despite the banner being new, those working under it were the old, corruption-infested lot. Despite this setback, the Pakistani people showed faith in Imran Khan’s leadership and supported his party.

After two years of PTI’s government, the people are still waiting for change. The rhetoric of the government and the ground facts present two different stories. It would be fair to say that the PTI formed a government in the toughest of times that Pakistan had to face, both internally as well as externally. The national treasury was empty due to the excessive corruption of previous governments. Pakistan was under a debt of billions of dollars. The national institutions had been destroyed by the curse of corruption, incompetent officials and their non-serious and non-professional attitude. There was no rule of law due to precedents set in the past when the rich and powerful could get away with murder while the poor had to pay for petty crimes. With the BJP in government in India, war rhetoric from across the bordr was at its peak. There were false Indian claims like the so-called surgical strike in Balakot and the Feb 27 episode in which an Indian jet was shot down by the PAF.

Today, Pakistan is a part of the world that faces one of the worst pandemics in human history – Covid-19. Th pandemic has taken its toll in the most developed countries like the US, Britain and China. Pakistan too is facing economic and social problems due to Covid-19.

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The writer has an abiding interest in international relations. She has a Masters degree in the subject from the National Defence University, Islamabad and can be reached at labbaba1808@gmail.com

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