It’s PTI time now

LAHORE: The 25th of July is a day to be celebrated by some and to be mourned by others. Talking of the results of the elections, the PTI’s victory was decisive and evident months before that lead-up to the election. However, a sweeping victory is rather astonishing given the PML-N’s performance record in its home ground Punjab. At the same time, the PML-N’s decision to bring Nawaz Sharif and his daughter back home did not bear the desired results for the party. Sympathy card and sympathy vote were outright rejected by voters on the polling day.

Now that Imran Khan is likely to be the next prime minister tougher tasks lie ahead of him. Internally, where the former K-P government had delivered significantly in the education and health sectors, Khan is not much conversant how foreign policy is handled and works. The PPP government (2008-13) did perform commendably well in the sphere of foreign policy.

Relations with India, with the US under President Trump and issues like FATF, dams and the Kashmir conflict would rather test Khan’s capabilities as a leader. Previously, these issues have given a tough time to the much experienced governments of the PPP and the PML-N.

Shaereen Mustafa

Published in The Express Tribune, July 27th, 2018.

Like Opinion & Editorial on Facebook, follow @ETOpEd on Twitter to receive all updates on all our daily pieces.

In his 'victory speech', PTI chief promises he will not resort to retaliatory measures against political opponents

  • Imran's victory speech hailed as 'mature' and 'encouraging' by Twitterati

    The PTI chief promised his rivals investigations of their choosing into the rigging allegations

  • Elections 2018: Unofficial National Assembly results

    Results from all 270 National Assembly seats

    More in Letters

    Original news :