Imran Khan: The U-Turns and No Turn

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Imran Khan: The U-Turns and No Turn

The first time, in the history of Pakistan, people have voted for a leader who does not belong from a traditional party. For obvious reasons people naturally have strong expectations from this government. Prime Minister Imran Khan has brought a refreshing perspective to the affairs of the state but his indecisive nature has become too prominent in some cases.

The Prime Minister’s historic announcement to give up his luxurious official residence and also the residence of other ministers were applauded by the public and media. The PM has planned to convert these places into educational institutions or museums; which is a thoughtful step indeed. Now people are eagerly waiting to see if the PM can implement his decision in the future.

The new government has made promises to bring back the looted wealth of the country and some efforts are being made which is commendable. The government had also vowed to generate quick revenues by selling government vehicles in the auction. Out of 100 vehicles, only 61 were sold, raising about 200 million rupees, only the one-tenth of the predicted amount.

Earlier Imran Khan had promised to provide legal status to the Bengali and Afghani refugee children of the country by giving them their rights to hold a Pakistani passport. It had given immense hope to the refugees who would probably want nothing but the identification of belonging to a state and accessing their basic rights with dignity.

It was really unfortunate to see The PTI government backing out from this humane project after strong disagreements with various quarters, especially many politicians. The PM Imran could have easily invited suggestions from various groups and hold a debate over the possibility to make this happen.

The most disappointing U-turn taken by the government was on the composition of Economic Advisory Council. The government had assigned a globally recognized economist Atif Mian, on the council but they had him to resign as others strongly resisted his stay on the council due to his religious beliefs. The government should have analyzed the situation carefully prior to the appointment to avoid such unnecessary drama.

The new government has made some impressive breakthroughs as well. Saudi Arabia has been offered to join CPEC as the third partner and forecasted to invest $10 billion which is said to bring fruitful results for Pakistan. Whether Saudi Arabia reciprocates the call from Pakistan and acts in accordance with our expectation will be known within the next few days.

There was a huge disorganization seen over maintaining foreign relationships. The Prime Minister Imran Khan and French President Emmanuel Macron had spoken over the phone but after a lot of scheduling drama. When President Macron first called PM Imran was in a meeting with the journalists. The PM had asked the Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua to reschedule the prescheduled call. We guess the Prime Minister needs to take a little care in nurturing and building foreign relationships.

The Prime Minister had decided not to use a special plane for the foreign visits; instead, he will travel by commercial airline. But we saw a complete U-turn of PM’s action as he flew on Air Force One, a special plane allocated only for the Prime Minister.

The hope for building a new Pakistan is difficult but not impossible. The new government should make promises that are practical and has the potential to get implemented.

PM Imran needs to do a bit of thinking and analyze every situation before making a move to avoid rooms for unnecessary criticism. Practical decisions should be taken after the logical and calculative approach. This will help the new government achieve their route to no turns from their tendency of taking u-turns in the future.