I belong to a middle-class family. I used to wake up in the morning to make the most of the daylight because of the electricity shortage. I have seen the regime of Zardari and Nawaz Sharif. During the Zardari government, I have witnessed the transport chaos. I used to wait for hours for the bus to arrive so I can reach my university on time. I also woke up before the actual time so I don’t have to travel on a loaded bus. The transport mismanagement was at peak in the era of Zardari. There were queues at the CNG stations and there were days when there wasn’t CNG available at the petrol pumps. The fares were high so I used to travel with friends so we can together distribute the fares. Inflation was at heights and there was no security for a common man. Most of the days in his regime, I had woken up listening to the corruption news and watching him leave Pakistan for international trips. I remembered while I was travelling by buses on the jam-packed road, the other side was open because our president Zardari was arriving with his protocol.
I saw the woes of a common man under his rulership while he enjoyed the perks of being the prime minister. The only achievement was that he completed his 5 years of his government while making Pakistan’s progress deep below the curve.
The Nawaz Era
In 2013, came the rulership of Nawaz Sharif who was curious to take Pakistan under him but never proved that he was worth to be on the seat. I saw his efforts to upgrade Lahore. He introduced the metro buses and turn Lahore into Paris but I don’t know why he never thought of Karachi. The electricity, gas and power problems were still there. In fact, there was an increase in the load shedding hours. Pakistan’s image in foreign countries became quite bad. Plus, I never saw him talking over Kashmir’s issue. Fortunately, his corruption was exposed in the Panama cases and he became an ousted prime minister of Pakistan. In his regime, Imran Khan became his biggest obstacle by leading a revolutionary march against him. His strong instance against the Nawaz government and his unstoppable Azadi March made him achieve Pakistan in the next elections. He became the prime minister of Pakistan on 18th August 2018.
The progress in the first 100 days of Imran Khan wasn’t obvious. But if I have ever seen a minister taking interest in education, digital Pakistan, foreign affairs and the content creators of the industry then that’s Imran Khan. A man who never miss talking about rising Islamophobia in the western countries and what we can do to tackle it. In all his speeches, he always pinpoints the Kashmir issue and how India is destroying a potential generation by confining them to their homes. He highlights the never-ending sorrows of Kashmiris and how important it’s to give them the peace.
Apart from this, I haven’t seen any prime minster motivating the youth to work, read, grow and rise over their problems. He’s the one who introduced initiatives like Digiskills.pk, tiger force, Imran khan housing loan schemes and clean and green Pakistan. He’s never afraid to expose fascism of Mohdi on his face. He’s doing his best to improve the image of Pakistan. Although the gas, electricity and power problems are still the same but I can see him considering the poverty ratio in our country.
Undoubtedly, his government also have some pitfalls like the burgeoning prices of the basic things and rough attitude towards the opposition but he seems better than the rest.
In a Nutshell
I’ve seen the three regimes of Pakistan’s government from my school life. And I found Imran Khan slightly better among all these three. He has an influential personality and he has all the traits a prime minister should have. Above all, he has the vision for Pakistan which is one of the best qualities of great leadership. But being a Pakistani, one shouldn’t depend on the government for everything because our systems are distorted from the roots. If any of the authorities take the stand and pledge to work on the root cause, that will take time, a long time. That’s why we should have less hopes from the government.
However, I’m still concerned when our basic necessities (Bijli, gas, and pani) will be fulfilled?
Long Live Pakistan!