December 26, 2018
Can the reformist Prime Minister tackle the numerous challenges facing Pakistan to shape a lasting transformation
ISLAMABAD: Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan may have promised the country a new beginning, but four months after taking power his government appears to be making little progress on its promised wide-ranging reforms.
Few expected miracles, but nevertheless Khan’s vision for a new Pakistan, based on an 11-point agenda, was nationally welcomed.
His Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) party proposed revolutionary reforms to improve education, health, revenue generation, investment, employment, agriculture, federation, the environment, tourism and justice, and to eradicate corruption.
PTI won the election by a paper-thin majority, dislodging Pakistan’s influential political dynasties and forming a coalition.
“A new Pakistan needs a new mindset,” the new prime minister said in his inaugural address to the nation, promising positive change during his five-year tenure. “We will make Pakistan a welfare state. We have to save Pakistan. One day it will happen. No one will take charity but give. That’s my vision.”
However, the celebrations were short-lived, with the government struggling to cope with cumbersome domestic and foreign issues.
Khan was criticized for making U-turns on some commitments. “The leader who does not do timely U-turns is not a real leader,” he replied.