Can PM Nawaz take the bull by horns?


Can PM Nawaz take the bull by horns?

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?

Mazhar Bughio can be followed on Twitter @mazharbughio



Mazhar Bughio

Web journalist/ writer associated with Geo News/ The News International.


  • Farooq Hashmi

    A burnt child dreads fire. Pakistan’s masses bamboozled multiple times, have a flimsy hope that the rightist, Mr.Nawaz Sharif will end the ‘status quo’ in the country.

  • hassan

    Well it depends as severity of challenges demand very quick fixes and any delaying tactics will revert and make situation more adverse. Looking at past track records lets see as it confines to whole country than Punjab only.
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  • NASAH (USA)

    As far as we know Nawaz Sharif doesn’t want to take the rampaging Talibani Bulls of Pamplona — by the HORN — for obvious reason — he might get hurt — he wants to TALK to them while they run amuck in the streets of Hangu.

    My question: which one is more hazardous for Nawaz’s health — taking them by their horn with country’s full strength — or running in front of them with a microphone trying to talk to them?

  • NASAH (USA)

    After the broad day light brutal killing of FARID KHAN of PTI — my fervent hope – the duo of NS and IK have a Plan B for the Talibani Terrorism – besides “talk”.

  • Farooq Hashmi

    It looks like that the nation of Pakistan is not going to shed it’s frivolity in decades to come. The irrational excitement and euphoria displayed by Nawaz Sharif’s supporters connote that generally Pakistanis lack in ‘ amour propre ‘ and self-dignity. As per the pictures of the celebrations of Mr.Nawaz Sharif’s ascension to power, aired on Pakistani channels, some donkeys in lion’s clothing were dancing ‘bhangra’ in a clumsy manner while some bearded ones were offering supererogatory nafals as a token of thank-giving to Allah for His graciousness to him. If someone asked them what was the occasion of those celebrations.Their answer was that it was because their Messiah, Nawaz Sharif had been sworn into the office of the premier. What a display of naivete by those who had not even a modicum of doubt that Mr. Nawaz Sharif would bring down the moon for them! What a show of asinine conduct by those of Mr.Nawaz Sharif’s devotees, who were dancing in self-abandonment,as if it were they, not Mr.Nawaz Sharif, who had taken over the office of the Prime Minister. There is a proverb in Punjabi : Baghani janjay ahmaq nachay( Only a stupid person dances at another person’s wedding ceremony )

    • Yaser Riaz

      Well you are right in saying there is no point for celebrations, nation has already done what they were asked for, vote and vote big time…..
      Now let pray that all our elected govts perform to bring back the Great Pakistan that we once were proud of……..

      • asamieh

        i bet u would be the first one to celebrate if GOD FORBID the brainless Imran Khan would have been the PM (GOD FORBID)

        • Farooq Hashmi

          No offence. Just a question. asamieh, do you suffer from “Imranophobia”?

          • Farooq Hashmi

            Asamieh. I love your younger demigod, Mr.Shahbaz Sharif not for his “politics” but for his knack for singing. Asamieh, did both of the Sharifs______Messers Nawaz Sharif and Shahbaz Sharif_______invite you to their respective oath-taking ceremonies? No? Oh, poor soul !

        • Gulabo Chandio

          asamieh : Yes I would be the first one to come on streets and celebrated the victory of PTI not because IK would have won but for Pakistan. Now goto work Kiddo.

        • NASAH (USA)

          “if GOD FORBID the brainless Imran Khan would have been the PM (GOD FORBID)”

          Like KPK — he would have given the Education Portfolio to Hafiz Saeed (GOD FORBID)

        • Yaser Riaz

          No my dear, I am a devoted Sherrrr of NA122 but I believe it was more important to vote right, celebrations should be for every good step taken through the 5 years. Take a look at NS face and tell me if he is rejoiced or celebrating. He knows the magnitude of problems faced and seems committed to solve them. So we are happy we have played our role, now lets just watch him and others with HOPE.

    • asamieh

      I m sure that you are a mentally retarded sick PTI Blind follower who thinks his world starts from the foot of IK and ends at his hair… u have nothing in your life i would better call it just a lame excuse for living than using the word life…. this phrase “Only a stupid person dances at another person’s wedding ceremony” shows what kind of introvert personality u possess… i would suggest stop crying now..

      I think u should now inject this thing in ur brain that ur much-loved, brainless IMRAN KHAN is now NOTHING!!!!

      • Farooq Hashmi

        Thank you. You have made my day. Instead of getting offended I got a kick out of your indignation at me. I was getting bored and wishy-washy about going to work today but your funny remarks have put me back in my element. Your exasperation at my skepticism of your leader, Mr.Nawaz Sharif’s gumption and competence to set the country’s affairs back on track, is unfounded. Dear me, I’m a supporter neither of your demiurge, Mr.Nawaz Sharif,nor of your despised one,Mr.Imran Khan. I’m only an observer and express my views at the dictates of my conscience.Nothing more and nothing less. So, just take a deep breath and calm down..

      • Farooq Hashmi

        Asamieh, I assume that you had heard your younger demigod,Mr. Shahbaz Sharif proclaiming some thirty minutes ago that he would turn Punjab into a model province, not only in Pakistan but also ” IN THE WORLD.” AS the Sharif-philes coo when the Sharifs woo,you must have cooed at Mr.Shahbaz Sharif’s visionary bragging.

      • NASAH (USA)

        “ur much-loved, brainless IMRAN KHAN is now NOTHING!!!!”

        Asamieh — you must be one of Imran’s well wishers — btw Hashmi is no Imrani.

    • asamieh

      U have good writing skills i must say but try to be positive when writing anywhere

  • farhan

    My grand dad use to say “Once bitten twice shy, Twice bitten never again….” But the brave Public of Pakistan has given NS yet another chance to bite them the third time….. I shall wait for the outcome…

    By the way I do not support IK

    • Farooq Hashmi

      Hey, hey! Either hold you your tongue or face the Nawaz-phile, asamieh’s wrath.

  • A_Pakistani

    From the comments below from all, It is clear that no body has discussed the subject that was offered for comments. Instead everybody has gone to our typical Pakistani style of attacking each other’s personalities. Everyone, please come out of it and behave like mature people like we observe from other good nations.

    • Anonymous

      That my friend is a major problem. During the election campaign, IK decided to be extremely personal against the Sharifs and Shabaz Sharif against IK.

      The die hard party followers of every political party are more into the kind of hero worship/personality cult that would put idolaters to shame.

      Even the educated lot make some dissapointing comments here. Its only been a few hours in office for the new PM and pessimists are already passing judgements and the justification is based more upon distant history, not the recent one.

  • S Nasrullah

    An intelligent grasp of the gist of the situation: ” 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.”

    NS seems a changed person in this new term of his. His political maturity can be gauged by his voluntary action to give up the premier slot of CM of Baluchistan to a Coalition Partner rather than crowning the marathon efforts of the Successful Party executive. In his first policy speech, he has not minced his words to disapprove the unwarranted and the illegal Drone attacks that constitute the negation of Pakistan’s sovereignty. He has praised the previous Administration act of handing over the management of Gwadar Port to China. He has given the vision of a Grand Highway linking Kashgar with Gwadar that would benefit high volume trade between the two countries besides facilitating a fast track of Grid for the National Road Network.

    In KPK, the local Leadership have prevailed upon the miscreants who were involved in the pilferage of power through illegal connections. If other Provinces emulate the commendable initiative of the KPK government, Pakistan would have re-introduced a good chunk of the Energy that remained unaccounted for.

    By bringing Taliban to the table and thrash out amicable agreements, the new government would have greatly reduced the atmosphere of Insecurity and lawlessness that took heavy toll on Foreign Investment. To rid the Establishment of corrupt elements, NS has voiced his resolve to consummate appropriate action against those corrupt officials whose list he has already acquired.

    During his Electioneering, NS has time and again stressed on the need to break the begging bowl and start reliance on our own. People gave thunderous approval and if NS were to ask them to standby his government to combat the eventuality, the temporary rigor and hardship, it is highly unlikely for anyone shirking or shying away. NS has summed up a collective resolve and its materialization would be difficult, if not impossible, given the same spirit of National Consensus and the determination of a nation to stand on their own feet rather than existing on their knees.

    • NASAH (USA)

      “By bringing Taliban to the table and thrash out amicable agreements”

      Nasrullah — I agree with you — the Taliban do need bringing to the table and then thrashed thoroughly before they will accept amicable agreements.

    • NASAH (USA)

      By the way good to see you as the new Nawaz Sharif’s eloquent spokesman!
      Poor Imran.

      So far NS looks good and sure footed — in fact anybody would look good after that pathetic Rental Raja.

  • Farooq Hashmi

    Here is PML(N) government’s first gesture of ” goodwill ” and the display of its intention to promote “mutuality” in the country: According to a TV channel news, the newly sworn-in PML(N) government has resolved to retain the Benazir Income Support Program but under a new name______Pakistan Income Support Program. As Benazir’s name is hard on the temperament of PML(N), it has replaced it with that of the country.

    • Anonymous

      Hashmi Sb

      Why should ‘Benazir Income Support Program’ be named so? Is it funded by the PPP or Zardari coffers?

      This trend of naming state assets by any incumbant govenment, after recent political figures of their own party, is also a type of corruption and nepotism and creats more discord than harmony.

      • Farooq Hashmi

        Mr.Qalim, Naming the programs after their propounders is a benign act and its does not involve any financial impact on the country’s economy. I think that changing the name of the Benazir Income Support Program will foment ill-will against the PML(N) government instead of the promoting mutuality in the nation which Nawaz Sharif seemingly,covets. Nawaz government’s act of changing the name of the program smells of rancor against Benazir than love for the country. It’s the Sharifs’ intention which matters, and that unfortunately, always is that of malice for the Bhuttos. Tampering with the names of the national programs and assets,named after the national leaders, will set a bad precedent.

        • Anonymous

          Hashmi Sb

          Your proposition is a bit surprising and appears to be contradictory to your stance in posts to Asamieh.

          In a democracy based on party politics, if each party in power started to follow that logic, the masses will just be trying to remember names of bridges and programs every time the government changes hand. Would it be appropriate to call PPACA as Obamacare formally?! Best to keep to neutral names for government programs.

          It is certainly crass to name a government funded program after one party’s leader….and indeed any such government funded program does have an impact on the economy.

          Incidentally, a major part of British aid to the Pakistan government was channelled through to BISP and there are large issues of accountability which will come up ahead. You may also want to consider that NS’s emotion upon BB’s assasination was a genuine act. Perhaps time ahead will also reveal more info about AZ and BB relationship.

          • Farooq Hashmi

            Mr.Qalim,While PML(N is confronting the formidable challenges,the reason why did it think it expedient to replace Benazir’s name with “Pakistan” in the title of the program, is very simple, and that’s no other than its bid to wipe out Benazir’s name from the memory of those of the less fortunate citizens who receive the paltry financial support every month under that program. It’s just the start. PML(N) will never relent on its struggle to efface the vestiges of PPP regime.That act of PML(N) is its first step in that direction.The reality is that PPP is the Phoenix and it takes its rebirth from its ashes.It has proven its that fundamental property many a time since the reign of terror of the dictator Zia was in full swing.The principle that the destruction of a social structure starts with its birth, is proven with the present strength of NS’s cabinet. In violation of his election days’ stance that he would keep the number of his cabinet members at 12, he has had sworn in 25 members, most of them from his own family and cronies meaning thereby that even more financial burden will be dumped on the pauperized nation of Pakistan. This is the foretaste of what NS regime is going to cook for the multitude of Pakistani people.The promised land they are seeing at the horizon is a mirage.The hard fact is that the nation is out of the frying-pan into the fire. As an impartial observer, I have to remark that NS regime is a big boon for the haves only, and for the have-nots merely an eye-wash. The have-nots are going to plunge deeper and deeper into the morass of penury. In a word ‘ Status quo’ is going to strike its roots into a new depth with every new day that dawns in Pakistan.The promise of ending load-shedding, joblessness,corruption.dearness,smuggling,terrorism, lawlessness,nepotism,cronyism and jobbery,etc will take the form the cruelest practical joke ever played on the nation of Pakistan. As the cock-and-bull stories invented about the AZ_BB relationship are out of the pale of the present debate,I will make no comments on them.

        • Anonymous

          Hashmi Sb

          You state, “As an impartial observer…..”
          May I humbly point out the cognitive error in your assertion based on our previous interactions on te topic of PPP/Bhuttos. Ettiquette demands that I accept your impartiality. However, the very same ettiquette would also require that you acknowledge the lack of impartiality in the context at hand. Perhaps NASAH Sb or Saeed Sb can arbitrate.

          • Farooq Hashmi

            Mr. Qalim, Let’s take the case to the International Court of Arbitration………….Just kidding.

        • M.Saeed

          Hasmi Sb., you are right in saying:

          “Tampering with the names of the national programs and assets,named after the national leaders, will set a bad precedent”, then why quarrel with Qalim Sb. on the same issue?

          I know of several examoles where names of national assets were named on personalities but changed after their backs. Imagine how many times the names of Bunder Road Karachi, Mall Road Lahore, Murree Road Rawalpindi, etc. have been changed but still rememebred and known to the people by their old names. Like Benazir Income Support Program, why don’t we call the Rental Power as the Benazir’s Corner-stone Power Policy?

  • Anonymous

    “Do you think the PML-N has the capacity and will to take the bull of all these challenges by the horns ….”

    Considering all the problems mentioned in the blog, Government’s actions over the coming few days will determine chances of success.

    After all the talk, its time to walk the walk – so far NS’s actions appear positive, the best being in Balochistan.

    • Anonymous

      Hashmi Sb

      Why should ‘Benazir Income Support Program’ be named so? Is it funded by the PPP or Zardari coffers?

      This trend of naming state assets by any incumbant govenment, after recent political figures of their own party, is also a type of corruption and nepotism and creats more discord than harmony.

  • Anonymous

    I hope PML-N will not be offering her any shelter…..seems her support for PTI was based in return for party ticket. Better get Kashmala Tariq back – better brains (and looks to add with questioning mind – not singing praises f the party leader all tthe in expectation!).

    BTW the Punjab Assembly speaker made a bit if an ass of himself sitting in the Speaker’s chair , exceeding all norms of psychophancy – singing praises of the newly confirmed Khadim…..If PML-N wants to avoid sharp commentators thn they need to avoid the buttery roads!

  • asamieh

    not to mention give IK a zero meter chick….

  • Farooq Hashmi

    Blood is thicker than water. A manifestation of that adage was seen in the photograph of Nawaz and Li______ the premiers of Pakistan and China respectively_______ meeting in Beijing, aired by Pakistan TV channels. Mr. Shabaz Sharif, the Chief Minister of the Punjab is sitting between Mr.Nawaz Sharif, and Mr.Ahsan Iqbal, the Federal Minister for Planning and Development. Protocol-wise, it’s Mr.Ahsan Iqbal, not Mr.Shahbaz Sharif,the Chief Minister of the Punjab, who in the capacity of the Federal Minister for Planning and Development, should have sat next to Mr.Nawaz Sharif. The dilemma was solved in a jiffy.There are two reasons why Mr.Shahbaz Sharif had been seated next to Mr.Nawaz Sharif.They are as following: (I)To help Mr.Nawaz Sharif restart his halting English while he had been delivering his speech.Otherwise,Mr Nawaz Sharif had gotten stuck in delivering the hackneyed,threadbare rhetorical sentence,” Pak-China friendship is deeper than an ocean and loftier than the Mount Everest.(2)’Pakistan’ is the other name of the Sharifdom which is run by the entire Sharif dynasty severally and collectively.

  • M.Saeed

    But he handled the problem remarkably well that give him the third-life riding the golden-saddle of the horse-lover!!!

  • Anonymous

    ……but there are no brainless jews – just look at the history of their achievements in modern science and medicine and a list of Nobel prize winners. More is th pity that Pakistan settles for goofs and then eulogises them!