Edi­tor’s Ob­ser­va­tions

The Diplomatic Insight - - News -

The newly elected Par­lia­ment is in place. Af­ter a well con­tested national poll a strong govern­ment led by the PML(N) has emerged against all spec­u­la­tion it was go­ing to be a weak coali­tion. Sure there are charges of rig­ging and elec­tions be­ing stolen but there is mech­a­nism also in place to rec­tify all com­plaints un­der an elec­tion com­mis­sion that is largely deemed to be in­de­pen­dent and free. Happily the threats from the ter­ror­ists who op­pose elec­toral pol­i­tics largely failed to frighten the vot­ers who turned out in un­prece­dented num­bers to ex­er­cise their right to vote. The most change seen this time was the large pres­ence of young vot­ers and women who had been brought to the polling booths by the charisma and prom­ise of for­mer crick­eter and so­cial worker Imran khan’s PTI. His govern­ment has al­ready been in­stalled in KP where his po­lit­i­cal tal­ent will now be on test. At the Cen­tre and in Pun­jab it is the govern­ment of Mian Nawaz sharif which faces a host of chal­lenges that look in­sur­mount­able at present. The econ­omy is in a sham­bles; power short­age is acute across the coun­try and ter­ror­ism is tak­ing its toll. All three pose the most se­ri­ous threat to the re­vival of the national econ­omy. Though the govern­ment seems to be wob­bling on the is­sue of ter­ror­ism re­peat­ing its mantra of hold­ing talks the un­re­pen­tant TTP and seems to be at its wits’ end about what to do to stop the may­hem and killings, it does seem to have a multi pronged strat­egy for meet­ing the en­ergy elec­tric­ity from Iran,in­dia and china as well as re­sort to all avail­able al­ter­na­tive re­sources in­clud­ing so­lar, wind and coal be­side start­ing run of the river small hydel projects. com­ing to power , en­ergy seems to have been the fo­cus of the prime min­is­ter’s talks in Bei­jing. How­ever his si­lence on the Iran Pak­istan gas pipe­line is in­trigu­ing as the PPP govern­ment was very se­ri­ous about that. The re­cent visit of the Chi­nese Pre­mier Li Ke­qiang to Pak­istan seems to have set the tune for strength­en­ing co­op­er­a­tion be­tween the two coun­tries. As the two new lead­ers of the re­spec­tive coun­tries met, 11 co­op­er­a­tion doc­u­ments cov­er­ing ar­eas such as trade, tech­nol­ogy and cul­ture were signed. Pre­mier Li also put deepen the China-Pak­istan strate­gic co­op­er­a­tive part­ner­ship. The most the agree­ment on co­op­er­a­tion in the to in­vest in en­ergy projects. Prime min­is­ter nawaz sharif’s re­turn visit to china and the clutch of agree­ments signed is a very mean­ing­ful turn in Pak China re­la­tions. Its most vis­ual The Diplo­matic In­sight ex­tends warm greet­ings to all coun­tries whose In­de­pen­dence days are dur­ing the month of May-June.

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