THIS refers to your editorial ‘PML-N manifesto’ (March 9). For the last 20 years the party has been claiming to have introduced economic and social reforms, though it has achieved nothing. The PML-N’s only achievement is the motorway from M-1 to now M-9, which has only made the rich richer and the poor poorer.

I do not understand why our mainstream political parties have no agenda for building proper institutions. Why don’t they believe in institutions rather than shortcut promises? Motorways, laptops, yellow cabs, etc, will not sustain this nation, rather the building of socioeconomic and political institutions will provide a big support to our people.

Although our main issue is the rising population, the PML-N manifesto is silent on this. Also, the growing terrorism is a serious problem, but the PML-N manifesto is silent abot the matter.

This battered nation badly needs powerful institutions instead of shortcuts like motorways, laptops and yellow cabs which just support the smallest portion of this ever-increasing population. All these shortcuts are just a drop in the ocean of national problems.

Our another mainstream political party, the PPP, gave the slogan of bread and butter but failed to achieve the target. It appears the PPP and the PML-N have failed to grasp the reality and missed the targets. They have rather failed to develop sound political, social and economic institutions.

They only believe in promises and change their policies after reaching the power corridors. A manifesto is only a pre-poll exercise and not more than that for these two mainstream political parties.

The PML-N remained in power in Punjab during the last five years, but highly opposed and did nothing about the local government. Now will the nation believe in Nawaz Sharif’s promise about the local government elections? No. Although Nawaz Sharif and Benazir Bhutto had signed a charter of democracy and promised local government elections, the PPP and the PML-N did not implement a single promise. Although local governments are nurseries for local leadership, both the PML-N and the PPP have failed to promote the system.

AIJAZ ALI KHUWAJA Karachi

Updated Mar 19, 2013 12:08am

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Naseer
Mar 19, 2013 05:49am
I disagree with you. Motorways, good road and efficient railway networks are essential requirements for the development of a country.
Qasim
Mar 19, 2013 09:30am
what about education, health and basic security? Does the term "Prioritize" mean anything?
I. Ahmed
Mar 19, 2013 11:40am
Essential requirement is developing a system for the people of the country and priority for any government should be 1) security, 2) economic & social welfare, 3) education; The motorway that is less than 0.1% of the total road-network of Pakistan will not solve the issues that concerns the mass population of this country. The coalition government for first 3 years which PML-N was part of never looked at these issues, they were more concerned about getting absolute power so that the wheel of corruption and their bank balance growth happens at the full pace.
Gul
Mar 19, 2013 02:38pm
Why big political parties don't want to build institutions? The answer is simple, their roots are not not in masses, even though people vote for them in hopes of seeing changes, hoping the have nots will see daylight. Rest assured the two big parties are not interested in change as long as they can mint money.
Kdspirited
Mar 19, 2013 04:17pm
I completly agree with this article. These govts have proved time and again that they do not have the skill to get this country out of its most urgent crisis. They have had no agenda for it for the last 5 years and still have no plans for it for the next five. This country cannot afford to have leadership for another 5 years that doesnt have a concrete plan to dig it out of its biggest mess. For god sakes people stop gambling with these ill equipped leaders and vote for people who have a proven track record and achieveing what they set out to do.
Ali Shah
Mar 19, 2013 06:29pm
What exactly was the economic benefit of the motorway when there was already the GT road (a much quicker route)?
Syed
Mar 19, 2013 06:32pm
You're preaching to the choir buddy!
SAJ
Mar 20, 2013 05:03am
I doubt if they even know the spelling of word "Manifesto". Someone just writes it down for them and they brag about it.