UNLIKE the past in the 1990s, the PML-N government will now be confronted with multi-dimensional problems and challenges. The faltering economy, widespread loadshedding, galloping inflation, growing menace of terrorism and lawlessness are some of the pressing issues which are threatening the national fabric.

In the face of growing awareness among the people about their rights, it would be better if the government took things seriously.

The 18th Amendment and the latest National Finance Award have devolved more authority and resources to the provinces.

The government will, therefore, experience serious resource-constraint, particularly due to huge outstanding internal and external debts , to fulfil its promises, including a bullet train and motor highway from Karachi to Peshawar.

It will immediately need an IMF bailout package which is a multilateral source of aid, while Mr Sharif is committed to breaking the begging bowl.

Under the circumstances, it is essential that the PML-N government deliver with good governance.

It must be kept in mind that an effective and strong opposition is sine qua non for resolving the people’s problems. The policy of reconciliation may facilitate the smooth functioning of the government, but it does weaken the role of the opposition. Likewise, the touchstone of governance must be austerity.

M. NAZIR ALI Former KCCI Secretary Karachi

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ProudPakistani
June 17, 2013 10:14 am

Austerity by Nawaz , Shahbaz ? You must be kidding. Ask , when are they going to return the loans taken in '90s ? When are they going to bring their money from abroad ? Till the time we are asking external loan to keep economy floating , they should not place bouquet of flowers in front of them.

Ahmad
June 18, 2013 6:58 pm

I checked the price of floral arrangement. 25,000 rupees each. Multiply by at least twenty per day for the press conferences@ army briefings and all provincial meetings. We have adopted this habit from sheikhs of Arabia. This is not our style. White " chandanis on floor " is our trade mark. Have any one seen the flowers in White House or 10- Downing Street during a press conference. Shame on us. Get real, this no way to cut costs of government.

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