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23.06.2019

According to the sources PTI's intra-party are expected after Eidul Fitr

There will be a time when things get better. Now is not that time.

1. Prime Minister Imran Khan has gone ahead and formed the Commission of Inquiry meant to investigate how Pakistan piled up so much debt in the last ten years. The Terms of References (ToR) of the commission leave no doubt of the mess that we are about to witness. Point (a) reads: “Determination of significance of major infrastructure or public sector development works conducted from years 2008 to 2018 and commensurate them with the increase in public debt…” Now think for a moment: the commission, which comprises an entire spectrum of government officials, will sit on judgement whether a project should have been initiated or not. Seriously? How does a panel of bureaucrats decide the merits of a subjective political decision? One can perhaps understand if someone wants to enquire if the laid-down process was followed or not, but how does one justify the logic-challenged decision to let officials judge a political choice if it did not entail any legal violation?

2. The cat jumps out of the commission bag right in this very first ToR. Here then is what the commission is likely to achieve: (a) in concrete terms, nothing; (b) in political terms, a lot of muckraking on opponents; (c) in perception terms, an attempt at distraction; (d) in governance terms, mayhem within the bureaucracy that was involved in the projects under investigation;........

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