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The quality of life

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RECENT statements from Prime Minister Imran Khan and his ministers have outlined fairly clear plans to address Pakistan’s macro-economic challenges. Even if all goes well, economists project that, due to financial constraints, Pakistan’s economic growth will remain between 3 to 4.5 per cent during the next two to three years.

The rate of GDP growth is, however, secondary to the central mandate of the PTI government ie to improve the quality of life of the vast majority of the poor and deprived in Pakistan for whom, to quote Hobbes, life is “nasty, brutish and short”.

Despite lower GDP growth, the PTI can and should devote most of its limited financial and administrative capital to addressing the basic needs of this disadvantaged majority.

The PTI should devote most of its financial and administrative capital to addressing the people’s basic needs.

The issues which affect the quality of life of the ‘common’ Pakistani are, in rough order of priority: security and safety; justice; food and water; healthcare; housing; education; electricity; sanitation and pollution; and urban and rural transportation.

Security and safety: Since the launch of Zarb-i-Azb by the Pakistan Army, the security situation on the country’s frontiers and urban centres has improved exponentially. Cross-border terrorism can be best resolved through the elimination of the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan and the Balochistan Liberation Army, and a sustainable peace settlement in Afghanistan. And preventing violence by religious extremists and criminals will require effective implementation of an updated version of the National Action Plan.

Justice: Progress has been made in addressing corruption and promoting the rule of law........

© Dawn