In late 2018 PTI (Pakistan tehrik e insaf) was the majority party in the general elections. Before that, during the five years 2013-2018 Nawaz Sharif’s party PMLN had won the elections and he was the prime minister of Pakistan. He couldn’t complete his term as the Supreme court of Pakistan ruled him a liar and a dishonest man who amassed illicit wealth during his long years of rule. Proofs of his ill gotten money are scattered all over the world in the form of large properties in England and elsewhere. As a prime minister he was proud to have the residence permit (aqama) issued by UAE which showed him as an employee of Emirates. No other ruling head in the world ever held such permits while ruling his own country but his priorities were different and all converged upon building an empire for his children and family. He has two sons and a daughter, Maryam Safdar who lives with him along with her family.
It was this political backdrop in which Imran Khan was sworn in as the 22nd prime minister of Pakistan. People of Pakistan were enthralled at the idea of change which Mr. Khan has promised them. The long years of rule by Sharifs (from 1981 to 2018) in which the whole country was drowned in debts and loans just because the lust and greed of this family didn’t know any limits. This mega corruption became a way of life and destroyed the very fabric of society which used to have some respect for ethics and honesty in day to day dealings.
First 100 days of Mr. Khan were uneventful and he and his chosen ministers kept saying on TV and print media that their hard work should not be judged in such a short time. Public at large carried so much hatred for the rotten system of corruption that they agreed to give them more time and now (as of October 2019) 13 months have gone since Imran Khan took oath as the premier. After the passage of first 100 days Khan told his followers that he and his team needs at least six months to straighten up the affairs of the state. Perhaps he didn’t realize that making such promises is going to be a futile effort as in the past 4 decades the society has been converted into small groups and clans and feuds. Land grabbing (qabza mafia) and monetary corruption became the everyday routine under the Zardari and Sharif’s rule and people were not ready to become honest overnight. Even the judiciary has become corrupt with the passage of time. People are very angry that in spite of the fact that major corruption cases has been proved against the former rulers, Nawaz Sharif, his younger brother Shahbaz Sharif and former president and party chief, Asif Ali Zardari, yet nothing could be done to take back the money from them. On the other hand courts (specially Lahore and Islamabad high courts) have liberally granted bails to this corrupt mafia which resulted in them having fun time in their palaces and mansions and least bothered about the number of corruption cases against them. One supreme court judge while writing about the corruption and dishonesty of Mr. Nawaz Sharif even commented that these people resemble a Sicilian mafia.
Similarly their properties abroad are the source of hatred for local population yet Pakistan government and judiciary could do nothing about them. There were tall claims by Imran Khan’s chosen few that they will snatch all their wealth back to the people of Pakistan but nothing was done in this direction which has angered the people and added to their helplessness in the face of blatant lies and stubbornness of past rulers.
The bitterness in the public has increased manifold in the past months due to the extremely poor performance of Imran Khan and his economic team in controlling the prices of daily commodities and with the ever increasing taxes imposed by the IMF (International monetary Fund) treaties. A previous hardliner of the PTI and a close associate of Imran Khan, Mr. Asad Umar was sacked and removed from a cabinet position as people were getting restless due to the prices and taxes which are breaking their backs and the middle class is rapidly disappearing. More and more people are getting poor as the bills for electricity are rising almost every month and common man has failed to understand this whole phenomenon.
Imran Khan is very happy that he is now an internationally acclaimed statesman as perhaps USA and KSA have assigned the job of an intermediary between Iran and KSA. What he fails to realize is that people of Pakistan are not bothered about the Iran-Saudi tussle and care more for the 3 decent meals per day for themselves and their families. Pakistan is rapidly going down in an abysmal economic collapse and almost everyone is now telling others that Mr. Khan is totally clueless about his role as prime minister and his team of ‘experts’ is worthless when compared with the sky rocketing prices within this time span of 13 months. Ever increasing utility bills and taxes are only adding to the misery of the common man.