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Flipside of the coin

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Zaheer Bhatti

Amid unabated tirade against the sitting Government in Pakistan, Government’s own faux pas on sensitive matters, threaten to undo whatever tangible development has been achieved by it. There admittedly is a sea change in the look and facilities in major towns dominantly in Pakistan’s Punjab Province the largest in terms of population and also ruled by the PML(N). Lahore undoubtedly comes across as a Provincial metropolis whose planners have catered to its burgeoning population with an array of underpasses, overheads and Ring Roads besides the metro bus and now in the offing the Orange Line Train Service and Recreation Parks for the public. Every six months or so that one visits the city it bears a transformed look.
Government critics mostly the political opposition whose job it is to run down the sitting Government, are invariably joined in by some partisan media outlets which never miss a moment to foul-mouth against the Government instead of presenting an unbiased picture of performance or the lack of it. They all have two major planks of criticism; concentration upon Lahore at the expense of other towns and presumptuous kick-backs and corruption in award of infrastructure development contracts, though without any substantive evidence or proof.
It is hard for the opposition which has nothing to show in terms of performance itself, to digest development work of the sitting Government besides rise in family fortunes of the Sharif family which has been in business for over half a century and progressed........

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