Pakistan on June 5, 2013 emerged triumphant in adding a new chapter to its democratic and parliamentary history, as the day marked the culmination of the process of transition of power from one civilian government to another for the first time.
Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) Cheif Nawaz Sharif was sworn in as the chief executive of the country for the record third time. With this, Mr Sharif has earned himself a rare privilege of becoming the first Pakistani politician to assume the office of the premier for the third time – setting a record.
Today’s development also signifies continuation of a democratic journey for the country whose checkered history plagued the minds of the entire population with misgivings about the fate of Elections-2013 until the point in time where the event was only days away from its announced schedule – May 11, 2013.
Kudos to the entire nation for believing in democracy and ensuring their maximum participation in the electoral process. The logical conclusion of the democratic process in Pakistan holds a great symbolic significance both domestically and internationally and it will surely go a long way in setting the country’s direction towards sustainable development and progress, leading to a prosperous future of its nation.
The outcome of the second consecutive elections in Pakistan did bring about some revolutionary changes in the political landscape of the country. This reinforces the fact that it is the people of Pakistan and their ballot that hold the ultimate power. No doubt this year’s vote exposed some major glitches and loopholes in the manner in which the Election Commission carried out the exercise it was entrusted with. It is hoped that lessons will be learned and, at least, same mistakes will not be repeated in the next elections.
Nawaz Sharif’s PML-N, which has been elevated to the helms of the country through an overwhelming public mandate, has many daunting challenges at hand and a great responsibility to deliver on the promises it has made in the past weeks and months.
Pakistan is presently mired in a plethora of problems. The crippling and chronic energy crisis, the tattered economy of the country, worst law and order situation and inflation are among the most serious issues on the national front that require immediate focus and sustained resolve of the new government. Very well-selected teams of experts should be formed and handed over these tasks to achieve the set targets.
The Federal Budget is also around the corner which is going to be another big challenge for the cash-strapped government which will face great amount of difficulty keeping the next fiscal year’s budget deficit under a manageable limit.
Pakistan’s current foreign exchange reserves have also dropped to a level that is being dubbed as alarmingly low, requiring immediate and effective steps to improve the situation.
Tough decisions will have to be taken to improve the dilapidated condition of national institutions like Pakistan International Airlines (PIA), Pakistan Steel and Pakistan Railways.
Internationally, Pakistan is faced with a challenge of war on terror coupled with drone attacks and our relations with the US as well as Afghanistan. Let’s also see how this government handles Pak-Iran gas pipeline project.
The relations between nuclear-armed neighbors Pakistan and India in the backdrop of Kashmir issue besides Sir Creek, Siachin and Mumbai Attacks will also pose a big a challenge for the new government. Pakistan’s ties and cooperation with its all-weather friend China will also play a significant role in shaping Pakistan’s foreign policy.
Do you think the PML-N has the capacity and will to take the bull of all these challenges by the horns and emerge victorious at the end of the day?