Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan attends a welcome ceremony in Beijing. Photo: AFP/Jason Lee
Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan attends a welcome ceremony in Beijing. Photo: AFP / Jason Lee

The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government has been in power for three months and there has already been a high volume of feedback from various circles of society.

Some of them term it a total failure, but maybe they belong to opposition parties, and such remarks are expected from them. A few have very high opinions and maybe they belong to the PTI themselves.

But what is the common man feeling? I think that is more important.
The cost of living has increased as the rupee has fallen. Electricity, fuel and food prices have gone up. The common man’s suffering has increased to some extent.

As a result, the popularity of PTI has suffered a 2% drop. We should be honest enough to accept these problems and be brave enough to face challenges. But then we must struggle to overcome these issues, sort out the problems. Sure, there are not just a few, but many problems. However, we are not scared of challenges.

But is there any serious threat to the PTI government? Is there any major disaster PTI needs to worry about? I believe the answer is “no.” This is because all such problems were expected and the people of Pakistan are ready to face such challenges.

Economic crisis

The country was facing the worst economic crisis in its history, a hefty foreign debt inherited from the previous government, corruption and a nepotism culture. But we cannot rectify everything within three months.

The average person in this country can think logically and may not blame all the evils on the PTI government. The public opinion is that Prime Minister Imran Khan is a visionary, honest and great leader, and no one questions his good intentions and loyalty to the nation.

People think that most of the issues were inherited from the previous government and that the PTI government is trying to resolve them as quickly as possible, but that will take time. The illness is so deeply rooted that it might take years to recover completely.

Three months is not sufficient to judge the performance of a government. On the other hand, Khan has indicated a possible reshuffling of his cabinet and the launch of bureaucratic reforms. In the first three months, Khan has given his cabinet the freedom it needs to perform, but he was silently monitoring them and gathering information on the state of affairs. He has learned many secrets of state affairs and now has a very good handle on all issues and the workings of his cabinet.

The major task ahead for him to use his good judgment to select the best possible team. He will have to make hard decisions and may offend some of his close friends and allies. But to tackle the complex issues faced by his government, he will need a strong team. We have observed a change in his approach and behavior, which is very much positive and his initial steps have been in the right direction.

The government’s job is to provide an environment and policies that facilitate growth

The existing bureaucracy is an obstacle to achieving his vision and its members may not agree with his roadmap. Introducing comprehensive reforms in the bureaucracy is inevitable. He must identify the right man for the job to implement his vision. Pakistan is a country with an abundance of talent and qualified people, but unfortunately, the previous government ignored the deserving class and made appointments based on political affiliation, not merit. Only nepotism was the criteria for them.

Pakistan has vast natural resources, a vital agricultural sector, and an excellent workforce. The government’s job is to provide an environment and policies that facilitate growth. Pakistan possesses all the ingredients needed to grow rapidly.

Khan will succeed in forming a capable cabinet and a competent bureaucracy, which will provide an environment for the common man to work hard and breathe smoothly. Good performance will be rewarded and justice will prevail. Khan will keep on struggling to curtail the menace of corruption and nepotism. It will be an uphill task, but he will keep his election promises. People have high expectations of him and will not be disappointed.

Khan enjoys the full support of all segments of society in Pakistan. His decisions will have the approval of the majority and will bring the desired results. The opposition is divided and weak and has lost its grassroots public support.

It will be an uphill battle, but the nation is ready to stand with him. The people of Pakistan are determined to build “Naya Pakistan” (New Pakistan) under the great leadership of Imran Khan. “Our tomorrow will be brighter than our yesterday.”

Professor Zamir Ahmed Awan is a sinologist at the National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST) Chinese Studies Center of Excellence, Islamabad, Pakistan. Posted to the Pakistani Embassy in Beijing as science counselor (technical affairs) from 2010-16, he was responsible for promoting cooperation between Pakistan and China in science, technology, and higher education.