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PTI’s uphill road to power

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On May 20, the Chairman of Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) Imran Khan presented his ambitious plan to positively transform Pakistan in 100 days if he comes to power. This plan, which was also presented by the key leaders of his party, touched upon vital issues related to governance, economy, education, health and matters concerning Karachi, South Punjab and Balochistan. Earlier, in a public meeting in Lahore, Imran Khan had presented his 11-point agenda to restructure Pakistan as a welfare state by ensuring good governance, rule of law, social justice and a better future for the people of the country.

Within a span of a couple of hours, critics lambasted the 100 day plan, terming it childish, impracticable and a ‘copy-paste’ of Ahsan Iqbal’s vision 2025 programme. They also argued that when PTI couldn’t positively transform Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) despite being in power for five years, it couldn’t hope to bring radical socio-economic changes throughout the country within such a short period? Yet, there is some merit and substance in Imran Khan’s agenda because it addresses critical issues that impact all of it’s citizens. The two political parties which have ruled Pakistan for several decades miserably failed to eradicate poverty, corruption, nepotism, ensure good governance and the rule of law. Pakistan is grappling with the legacy of regimes that compromised on the country’s national and human security at the cost of human and social development.

That it has deviated from its path by embracing corrupt and opportunist people has disillusioned many of PTI’s former supporters

Those supporting PTI and Imran Khan’s agenda of change and a ‘Naya’ Pakistan argue that if PPP and PML-N have had several terms at the federal level, PTI also deserves a chance. They cite massive reforms in police, health, the justice........

© Daily Times