There is now a government in place, at the centre and in the provinces. Cabinets have been announced and policy prescriptions are floating freely in the daily news cycle. The only election that is yet to take place is that of the president of the country which will in two days’ time.
The PTI that has successfully formed a government at the centre and in two provinces is at the centre of discussion. Here is a brand new party that has almost broken the two-party mould that characterised Pakistan’s politics, at least at the centre. PTI, too, has successfully ruled Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in the last five years but it is its first chance to rule the entire country after loitering in the political wilderness for 22 years.
Naturally, all eyes are set on how the party articulates and goes about running the government; more so because it had raised the expectations of all and sundry about a new Pakistan it would help construct.
Like with other leader-driven political parties, or perhaps going a step ahead, it is difficult to imagine PTI without its chairman, who is now the prime minister, Imran Khan. The first hundred day agenda of the party in power is, therefore, being culled out of the three speeches that Imran Khan has made since his electoral victory. Besides, the cabinet meetings are being regularly held and policy statements issued.
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There is a criticism as well as praise for whatever policy is being issued by the government. But the fact of the matter is that it is too early to judge a government’s performance. To be fair, all it has articulated so far is a wish list and a vague procedure of how it is going to effect it. We have picked a few areas as a matter of priority to see how prepared the party in power is. These are its foreign and economic policies, and the austerity drives in particular. But we have also looked at the broader goals that have been stated as well as those that have been left unsaid.