AN OPEN LETTER TO THE PRIME MINISTER, IMRAN KHAN

 

Inayet Ullah

New Jersey, USA

 

Mr Prime Minister,

 

Assalam-o-Alaikum.

Hope you are fine and in good health. I am a Pakistani, currently resident in New Jersey, USA. I am your supporter in Pakistani politics and have been following the developments and changes taking places in Pakistan. I request you to kindly take out some of your precious time for my following feelings:

 

Most political, economic and industry experts and analysts of Pakistan say that they are supporters of Imran Khan from the beginning of his political career and have great hopes and expectations that things will get better in Pakistan and Imran Khan will make the people of Pakistan’s life better. But looking at the conditions currently in Pakistan, they are beginning to be worried that “if God forbid, Imran Khan fails what would be the fate of Pakistan”.

 

In two spheres the present government has performed well and delivered excellently: (1) accountability of corrupt rulers and (2) handling the foreign affairs – in a short time of one year the image of Pakistan has been greatly improved in the world. But what about a lot of the poor people of Pakistan? They cannot afford to wait until all the corrupt rulers are brought into accountability, investigations completed against them and they are made to face legal proceedings and final verdicts of the judiciary. I think both tasks can and should go simultaneously.

 

The problems of Pakistan and their possible solution can be put, in a nutshell, thus: (1)(a) Accountability of the corrupt rulers and making them face the law, (1)(b) making reforms in the country wherever it is necessary, and (2) Take steps to make things better i.e. alleviate Poverty, providing water, electricity, education, healthcare  and most importantly and urgently, creating jobs. Surely, the tasks are gigantic and cannot be completed overnight. It may take years to complete them. However, with whatever means available, we should start some industrial projects, however, small, that would create jobs that are most urgently needed. The government should focus on creating jobs. When people will have jobs, they can make their houses themselves. With the efforts to eradicate corruption, at the same time, the availability of basic needs and development programs must start now*. At the end of one year of this regime, we have not heard of any single small project, or even taking initial steps towards starting a project. If some projects have really been initiated, the public should have been informed of them which would have created confidence and trust in the government.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Even before the announcement of election results, there was news that Pakistan’s top industrialists, economic and finance experts have joined hands together and have already formed an economic council that will advise the government for planning and various ways for economic development in the country. One year has gone by and we do not see any sign of any planning or program.

 

One of the greatest hurdles in our way has been the lack of money. God helped us and through the efforts of our friendly countries like Turkey,Qatar, Saudi Arabia(MBS made promises but never fulfilled them till today) IMF, World Bank and Islamic Bank, plus revenue created by our own indigenous means like taxes etc. we have now at least some money which should enable us to at least make a start. Only China has provided substantial aid and Qatar transferred money to the State Bank of Pakistan to avert a financial meltdown.

 

We look forward to you to bring about a change in Pakistan and create a new Pakistan. You have shown hope and a dream to the people of Pakistan. You owe them an actualization of their hopes and dreams. They are keeping their lonely eyes full of hope on you and your Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf team. Please don’t let them down.

 

Rakhyo Ghalib mujhe is talkh navai se maaf

Aaj kuchh dard mere dil mein siva hota hai.

 

Dua Go

 

Inayet Ullah

New Jersey, USA

* Editor’s Note-President Xi Jinping has used this approach of creating a huge number of jobs for the unemployed in development projects-especially in the housing and urban infrastructure development sectors, which has made China an economic and industrial powerhouse.

 

 

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