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PTI government: Comedy of errors
PTI government: Comedy of errors

PTI government: Comedy of errors

Tariq Khalique

We have always heard that sincere efforts would change things for the better, but in Pakistan’s politics, things went from bad to worse with the passage of time, owing to the PTI government’s comedy of errors.

In recent years, Pakistan’s political arena has witnessed wide ranging transgression, which ultimately turned the focus from real issues towards leg pulling, or it would not be wrong to say, the politicians are caught up in abusive behaviour.

Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaaf can ‘proudly’ claim the ownership of this trend because its ‘so-called’ political leaders have introduced this misconduct in politics. There is a long list of PTI leaders who not only disregard the opposition, but in doing so, use offensive language. Every political party has such elements in its ranks, but PTI has outnumbered its opponents.





Grievances between political parties run deep and continue to rise, but the politicians should settle them in a way that demonstrate that they can deal with their differences without using immoral language and bring disrespect to the opponent.

This bad behaviour of the politicians, especially from the PTI cadre, shows that the main issue is incompetence because if the government had done its homework to resolve the problems, things would have been different. Time can be remedy for inexperience, but not for incompetence.

“In politics, nothing happens by accident. If it happens, you can bet it was planned that way.” (Franklin D Roosevelt, American statesman and political leader)

Prime Minister Imran Khan has so far remained unable to overcome huge challenges being faced by the country, including economic slowdown because of his team’s ineffectiveness. Not a single member of the Treasury benches seems capable of understanding let alone handling the issues, which have created a mess in the country. The PTI has always followed the strategy of making accusations against its political opponents for all the misdeeds, but never presents the solutions. For them blaming the previous governments is the only solution and through this they will win the hearts of the people. Surely, they had made a difference with such slogans during their electoral campaign, but they should realise that now the people want some serious business.





Another major reason for this chaos is that Imran Khan also lacks skills of a seasoned politician. Winning a cricket World Cup for the country and making a hospital for cancer patients, are no doubt, big achievements, but running state affairs is not his cup of tea.

“Vote for the man who promises least; he’ll be the least disappointing. (Bernard Baruch, American financier, stock investor, philanthropist, statesman, and a political consultant)

Leaders across the world have much more political management capabilities before reaching the top. With popular slogans, they exhibit serious policy and political management skills and select a team, which has the capability to confront challenges, but unfortunately, PTI is short of all such components.

How can a person, who has never been part of the federal or provincial cabinet and is devoid of any political vision, competes with the political juggernauts singlehandedly, when he is famous for his rigidity? At times, he even seems unclear about his own narrative.

Certainly, healthy political competition is a prerequisite for democratic system to progress, but political leaders ought to lead by example and display that politics is about policy and governance and not about personal vendetta, abuse and animosity.

“It is enough that the people know there was an election. The people who cast the votes decide nothing. The people who count the votes decide everything.” (Joseph Vissarionovich Stalin, a Soviet revolutionary and politician of Georgian ethnicity)

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