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HASSAN: Reform promises made but hard to keep in Pakistan

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Imran Khan, the once-swashbuckling and debonair new prime minister of Pakistan, made lofty promises to reform the country’s decaying educational, political, social and legal frameworks.

The people were jubilant: finally someone from among them, rather than from the traditional oligarchic parties, had risen to power and would hopefully usher in a vibrant, progressive Pakistan.

What has really changed in a country where the recent most election promises were predicated on thorough change for the better?

Appearances certainly have. I have spent the past two weeks in Pakistan. What I’ve seen in the capital are buses and vans proudly displaying captions like “Prime Minister’s National Health Program” or “Prime Minister’s Educational Service Reform.”

Imran Khan has certainly aligned his brand with the as yet non-existent reforms. Perhaps these appearances will fool the........

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