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PESHAWAR, May 14: With Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf holding the centre stage in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s power politics, its likelihood to lead the next provincial government has arisen mixed sentiments among experts.

“How would PTI manage governance affairs and crucial issues facing the province appears to be a big question,” Dr Ijaz Khan Khattak, senior faculty member at the Department of International Affairs, University of Peshawar, told Dawn on Tuesday.Its first test, said Mr Khattak, was the formulation of a coalition government in the province.

“The party has never been in power politics and the mandate it got is beyond everybody’s expectations,” said the senior academician.

Israrullah Gandapur, an independent member-elect of the provincial assembly from Dera Ismail Khan, said PTI carried a mixed bag of hope and despair.

“It consists of young parliamentarians and young people are held by idealism so this idealism can make some really good things happen for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa,” he said.

Mr Gandapur, however, said governance involved a lot of nitty-gritty with which PTI and its provincial legislators were not familiar and that whether they would be able to enjoy goodwill among the provincial bureaucracy or not, it would remain to be seen.

“It is commonly believed that the first 100 days are sufficient to monitor steam of a government,” said Mr Gandapur, who has closely seen the provincial bureaucracy during his last 10 years as a provincial lawmaker.

Dr Ijaz Khattak said PTI had taken the public sentiments very high by adopting a populist approach during its electioneering, leaving it with a gigantic task to fulfill its election promises.

Among 35-member PTI provincial parliamentary party, there are a handful of members, who have governance experience.

They include the party’s parliamentary leader in the provincial assembly elect, Pervez Khattak, who has served as the provincial minister more than once.

Similarly, PTI MPA-elect from Haripur Yousaf Ayub remained the local government minister in the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz-led government in the province, whereas Sardar Idrees, an MPA-elect from Abbottabad, served as the local government minister in the Muttahida Majlis-i-Amal government from 2002 to 2007.

In another case, PTI MPA-elect from Peshawar Yasin Khalil, previously associated with Pakistan People’s Party, worked as nazim of Peshawar’s Town-III under the Musharraf era’s local government system.

Most of PTI MPAs-elect would represent their constituencies for the first time in the House and several of them are quite young.

However, the inexperienced team that PTI chief Imran Khan has put in place for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa is not the only challenge that is faced by his party.

“The party has two known groups within its parliamentary party which might complicate things further, undermining its performance,” said Dr Khattak.

PTI central general secretary and MPA-elect from Nowshera Pervez Khattak leads one of the groups, while the other one is led by the party’s provincial chief, Asad Qaiser, MPA-elect from Swabi.

“Being someone who has changed political loyalties several times in the past, Mr Khattak’s pragmatism is likely to cost Imran Khan dearly,” said the political scientist.

Responding to media reports that the PTI chief has nominated Asad Qaiser as his party’s nominee for the chief minister’s slot in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Israrullah Gandapur said PTI had taken a big gamble.

“Pervez Khattak is a seasoned campaigner and knows how to deal with bureaucracy and what it takes to maintain the party’s parliamentary strength in the House,” said Mr Gandapur.

He said in his years of a member of the provincial assembly during the Muttahida Majlis-i-Amal government from 2002 to 2007, he had seen how tactfully the MMA leaders handled the provincial bureaucracy, making them comply with their orders.

“It was even easy for bureaucracy to make its position understood by the senior MMA leaders as both sides knew the art of coexistence,” said the lawmaker-elect.

Similarly, according to Mr Gandapur, Awami National Party leaders had ample past governance experience as a result of which it was easy for them to make the bureaucracy implement their orders.

“My parliamentary experience tells me that PTI can only deliver if it works as a team taking all sides along,” he said.


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concerned212
May 15, 2013 01:42pm
So what if PTI is inexperienced. People learn to adapt and adapt to learn. PTI is 100 times better than the tried n tested previous governments who have given nothing to the country but misery. Thats the prime reason why PTI won in Khyber Pukhtunkhwa. I'm very proud to call myself a Pakistani and a PTI supporter.
Sali
May 15, 2013 08:05pm
The problem with professional politicians in Pakistan is that they see the government as an opportunity capture a hughe return on their election investment. First thing you need is an honest government working for people.
Kdspirited
May 15, 2013 01:54pm
There is no doubt that this is a test for PTI. But there is also no doubt that they will come through with flying colors. It will be hard at first but KPK has the support of the entire party and they will not be alone. There is a great blend of experience and new in the party and they will help KPK set an example for Pakistan. PTI is a team
Zeeshan
May 15, 2013 06:23pm
Eye opening vertical. I was deeply involved in the PTI election campaign in Charsadda. The only reason why PTI failed in Charsadda was the lake of teamwork. The old PTI workers had no trust in the contesting candidates. If now it is practiced in the KP assembly then PTI is bound to get failed.
AnuLikhon
May 16, 2013 06:33pm
My best wishes to PTI and IK . the young leaders are better than the senior political leaders .
Shahpur
May 15, 2013 02:55pm
Headlines are very true. Without an insight you go no where. Neither the French Revolution nor the Bhutto's slogans for the poor of Pakistan, went anywhere, and you end up with Zardari. PTI has to go forward, they can not go backward. And PTI has to give some credibility to the people movement. PTI should get some thinkers in their movement and there are plenty of them across Pakistan.
Malik
May 15, 2013 07:05pm
If Fazl ur Rehman can run KPK than anybody can
Abdullah Bilour
May 16, 2013 10:46am
What experience? How to be corrupt? How to usurp others rights? How to rule (instead of serve) people?
Abdullah Bilour
May 16, 2013 10:46am
What experience? How to be corrupt? How to usurp others rights? How to rule (instead of serve) people?
BEA
May 16, 2013 04:04pm
Give them a chance they have only just got in im sure they will do a better job then the last bunch of no hopers. they will have looked at what has been done before or in this case not been done and learn from that not to follow that path,
Abdullah
May 15, 2013 10:28am
perhaps you are not known of the fact that this grouping issue is real and is all over the news by now so maybe this author is incompetent for what he has potraited beside you but the fact is this story and it is true !
anoosh
May 15, 2013 04:07pm
Mr writer. stop discouraging PTI. enough with the old ones, they got enough chances. please be optimistic.
Rashid
May 15, 2013 04:22pm
Its not the experience but the will to serve that matters.
Yawar
May 16, 2013 01:56am
This is a golden opportunity for PTI. Hopefully, in five years KP will be a different province altogether with significantly improved education and health facilities and lower unemployment. I can foresee PML-N's promises being replayed at that time and the people of Pakistan realizing the mistake made five years ago. Good luck PTI.
JAMAL HASAN
May 15, 2013 08:55pm
PTI vl do great in KPK INSHA ALLAH
Khan
May 15, 2013 02:45pm
So what this guy is saying is that the PTI faces a 'massive challenge' because the people expect it to deliver on its promises, if it were any other party the people would have no expectations so there would be no challenge.
malole
May 16, 2013 04:29am
Treat KP as a hospital full of patients and run it.
shaheen
May 15, 2013 12:01pm
Experienced or not it all depends on the people of KPK. I am sure they would fall backwards to have some peace and order and most of all pride restored to their province. More than the PTI it is the people who matter. Wish KPK and PTI all the best in their strive to lay the foundations of Naya Pakistan.
PTI UK Supporter
May 15, 2013 09:36am
I don't know what is happening in Pakistan, why all the media is against PTI and supporting PMLN and other power/family limited parties. I think we should give PTI a chance and also support them. My best wishes are with PTI and Imran Khan, I hope they will deliver well in KPK and inshaALLAH in next elections Imran Khan will be our Prime Minister.
pankajdehlavi
May 15, 2013 04:01pm
No previous experience.............. I think it is big plus point for IK and PTI.
chitrali
May 15, 2013 07:12pm
and what did may I ask the experienced ANP ,MMA,PPP and PMLN did in KPK.
Nadeem Ullah
May 16, 2013 07:47am
I think you are demanding an experience of traditional Govt which is not a property of PTI. PTI does not have experience of corruption. Let's hope for the best for Pakistan.
Ali
May 15, 2013 09:58pm
PTI has "fresh set of eyes" which i take as a great advantage as opposed to a disadvantage. They know what doesn't work and are in a position to abolish it. As long as they stick to their pre-election perspective i-e reduce ministries (without fear of loosing MPAs), take control of finances, let the financial decisions made by technocrates while the politicians do what they do best i-e listen to people, talk to people and continue working on public relationing so public can feel their presence and actually vote for them in the next elections.
abasyn
May 16, 2013 06:57am
This is the problem with PTI .. any deviation from their 'expected' remarks is a 'criticism' for them. They really need to learn to blend and work as a team - may be they could use JI's experience to their advantage.
Asad Khan
May 15, 2013 03:58pm
PTI is not business as usual and PTI is not British Raj who will
m.Faheem Safdar
May 16, 2013 01:11pm
when the intentions are good and there is strong sense of discipline along party's hierarchy, experience does not matter.
Asad Khan
May 15, 2013 03:57pm
PTI is not about business as usual and PTI is not British Raj who will "make the bureaucracy implement their orders". PTI is about taking the country forward, and it will do this with best ever intentions and will those involved including the bureaucracy.
Ahsan
May 15, 2013 12:57pm
History has shown in Pakistan that experience in power politics adds up to nothing. In the past Pakistan has been governed by so called "experienced" political parties, yet the state of the country is dreary. I would therefore much rather have an inexperienced PTI rule rather than an alternative "experienced" party - because for once the party in power may actually do something right rather than eat up the country's resources for their own personal gain.
Jagjit Singh Sidhoo
May 15, 2013 12:42pm
The honest will always do better than the corrupt
Omar
May 15, 2013 11:40am
Isn't it a positive sign that PTI has young men who are inexperienced in politics of the past brought nothing but wars and destruction in KPK?
MM
May 15, 2013 05:08pm
This author seem unprofessional and having bias opinion with minimum facts. What he is definitely proving the need of change and corruption within media and Pakistan political system.
Shabedeh
May 16, 2013 12:07pm
I will tell you what experience previous HAD, corruption, injustice, tyranny, and every other evil practice to make Pakistani
asif ashraf
May 16, 2013 03:21pm
if pti can bring peace to kpk that is what we need,more than anything else.
Masoud
May 16, 2013 02:40pm
Every party & every individual at some point of the time started new & then gained experience, so PTI is no exception. If the intention is good & moral high, good governance will come easy. This is a chance that PTI has got to showcase its commitments made before elections. If PTI succeeds in getting major ills corrected then this will be their biggest achievement. Good Luck to PTI.
Muhammad Sabir
May 15, 2013 09:32am
The leaders have to blend experience with new enthusiasm to set a model. No doubt, this is huge task but devotion to duty and steadfastness of Imran's team can bring laurels. I wish PTI best of luck! Our prayers are with them.
Chromosomal
May 15, 2013 08:53am
This is the same author who had written off PTI in the previous report and predicted a landslide for ANP. Now is painting another picture, replying on weak sources, which is poor example in journalism.
RAZA
May 16, 2013 02:57pm
A real test for PTI leadership ! But I believe the brains behind at PTI's senior level shall help the local government in KPK and advising them in right direction. It had been young people in history making miracles no wonder this time in KPK.