Shehbaz sets new trend for others to follow
WHATEVER the criticism against Sharif family, the fact remains that Shehbaz as Punjab chief minister, has been a trend-setter and an example for others to emulate. Ignoring his ailment, and repeated check-ups, the younger Sharif has proven himself a real task master, remains in engaged in the development of his province, sometime 18 hours a day.
His initiatives to provide the faster, comfortable metro bus service between Rawalpindi and Islamabad, drew an avalanche from uncharitable words , but he stood his ground, and finally the Metro bus service has been a blessing for commuters. During my recent visit to Islamabad and Rawalpindi, I myself saw these buses as a real blessing for the people of twin cities. Heavy traffic jams, for a distance of just 20 kilometres, was nothing short of a nightmare for those travelling between the two towns.
These buses, are now found packed with pasengers. People are happy, and those considering it a waste of money, may still persist with their arguments, but the end results depict a different story altogether. Then the Organe Line train service between Lahore and Islamabad again blew up a storm, but Shahbad remained steadfast in his commitment, and this Is again a great facility for the people looking for shorter, comfortable travelling facilities.
Enquiries during my stay in Lahore furnished enough evidence of Shahbaz doing much more than could be imagined easily. He has been constantly on the move, hopping over from cities to cities, and towns to towns, and even shuttling between Lahore, and Biejing, Lahore and London and Lahore Ankara in Turkey in search of new investments. He has succeeded tremendously in shaping the destiny of his home province. Allegations that development remains concentrated in Lahore, is again an accusation, for Multan and Faisalabad, too have developed tremendously over the last few years.
Between 2005 and 2010 Karachi , under Mustafa Kamal as City Nazim was lauded for a massive uplift of Karachi into a modern city, with fly-overs, under-passes, bridges and road-redesigning for smoother traffic movement, Now that he is gone, all the good work done under his commander, has been thrown to the winds. Thanks to the Peoples Party government, which seems least bothered about developing Karachi or any other town in the southern province.
In fact the Qaim Ali Shah administration suffers from paralysis. Karachi is semmling again with garbage dumps, and inattention to the expensive project already in use. Repair and renovation could be seen nowhere now. Insiders reports that Shahbaz hardly gets time for cabinet meetings, and ensure his presence there through video conferencing, which shows the dynamism in him.
Lahore now is a wonder city of Pakistan. Fly overs and under presses and majior thoroughfares criss-crossing into a fast network of modern engineering. Development has also been done in Khyberpukhtoonkhawa. Police reforms, and registration of online FIRs or complaints against police maladministration has worked to great satisfaction of people.
However, Sindh has a case for its share promised by the federal government from the dividible pool. Qaim Ali, or the Senior Sindh minister Nisar Khuhro hammering the point repeatedly, but look disappointed with the response from Islamabad. Balochistan situation is different, Corruption scandal ha tarnished its image. Rough estimates place the toll of illicity money and abuse of resources to the tune of a fabulous Rs 315 Billion. Compared to this Shahbaz has been advertising savings of upto Rs 215 billion in mega projects. If true, and correctly audited this could be a real work.
The sum-up of the situation makes it candid that Punjab, and chief minister Shahbaz, stewarding it, have led the way for all other provinces to emulate their good work. Sindh is the worst, a classical example of lethargy, inefficiency and incompetence. They need to have a new chief executive who should be allowed to work under an atmpshere free from political pressures from Zardari and his sister Faryal. Bilawal has been focusing on these issues, but finds himself helpless to translate his desire into practical shapes because of his farther and auntie.