How it went wrong for Nawaz Sharif

farazah82

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Pakistan's problems are mounting and Nawaz Sharif's government appears paralysed, just over three months after he swept to election victory on a tide of optimism, reports guest columnist Ahmed Rashid. Where did it go wrong?

When Mr Sharif became prime minister, public expectations were sky high that he would quickly get to grips with Pakistan's most pressing problems - rampant terrorism, multiple insurgencies, an economy in free fall, the lack of electricity and a debilitating foreign policy.

Instead, Mr Sharif has stumbled badly, incurring widespread public anger as terrorism intensifies, the economy worsens and his government appears unable even to fill dozens of critically needed appointments such as senior bureaucratic positions, public corporation chiefs or ambassadors for key posts such as Washington and London.

Moreover, the hope that dialogue with the army would create a civil-military partnership, putting the army and an elected government on the same page for the first time in Pakistan's history, has so far yielded few results.

After weeks of conferring with politicians, experts and the army, Mr Sharif announced his policy to counter the Pakistani Taliban on 9 September which all the political parties endorsed - but most experts and the army rejected. The government announced that it would open unconditional talks with the Taliban, declaring them stakeholders rather than terrorists and a government-run All Parties Conference blamed the US and Nato for causing terrorism in Pakistan.

The Taliban issued a list of more than 30 demands, including the imposition of Sharia (Islamic law) and the military's withdrawal from the tribal regions. On 15 September Maj Gen Sanaullah Khan Niazi and a colonel were killed in a devastating bomb blast in the far north-west of the country for which the Taliban took responsibility. That day seven soldiers were killed in four separate attacks.

Army chief Gen Pervez Kayani, who had earlier warned Mr Sharif not to adopt a surrender strategy, now publicly warned the government that the army would not allow the Taliban to set conditions for peace. "No-one should have any misgivings that we would let terrorists coerce us into accepting their terms," he said.

Then on Sunday more than 80 people were killed and some 130 wounded in suicide bombings in a church in Peshawar. The attack also left the Sharif initiative in tatters.

On his way to the United Nations to try to impress Western nations with his plan, he had to make radical adjustments as he reached London, saying for the first time that maybe talks with the Taliban were not such a good idea after all. But where exactly he goes from here is unclear even to his closest aides.

Experts had told him that a comprehensive counter-terrorism strategy could include the tactical option of talks, but must also include the use of force, economic development and other measures. Now the Taliban are likely to step up their attacks as they see the government as weak, floundering and scared.

The same directionless, slow-moving process has followed Mr Sharif's stillborn promise to start a dialogue with separatist rebels in Balochistan province. He has had better luck in dealing with the ever worsening crisis in Karachi where armed gangs are holding the port city hostage. A crackdown led by paramilitary forces is under way but has still to yield results.

The army and Nawaz Sharif also do not see eye to eye on how fast to improve relations with India. Mr Sharif reached out to India in June, but Delhi has insisted that he should deliver on at least one of three issues - reciprocating with Most Favoured Nation status to enhance trade as India has already done for Pakistan, speed up the trial of seven Lashkar-e-Taiba militants accused of involvement in the 2008 Mumbai massacre and clamp down on Lashkar-e-Taiba and its leader, Hafiz Saeed.

India's condition-based talks did not carry much weight with the Pakistani army, which wants India to restart a full dialogue with Pakistan on contentious issues like Kashmir. The army told Nawaz Sharif he was moving too fast with India and stalled acting on any of the three options.

Moreover, after a 10-year hiatus there has been repeated firing between Indian and Pakistani forces along the Line of Control in Kashmir, killing a dozen soldiers and civilians on both sides this year. Hafiz Saeed, who has remained under tight control by the intelligence agencies, was allowed to lead a large anti-India rally in the capital, Islamabad, in early September.

However, after much hesitation Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has agreed to meet Nawaz Sharif at the UN in New York, although Indian Foreign Minister Salman Khurshid has insisted that "we need some satisfaction, we need some deliverables".

The increased militant violence has led to further paralysis of Pakistan's economy. The rupee is declining by about 2.5% a month, inflation is rising and industry shut down by either militancy or power cuts has yet to restart. GDP growth is less than 3% while the fiscal deficit is nearly 9%.

The government has taken a $6.7bn (4.2bn) loan from the IMF - most of it will be used to pay back a previous IMF loan - but so far Islamabad has failed to implement the very low level of economic reforms that the IMF has demanded. Failure to do so will further delay the release of funds and prevent investment into the economy.

Restarting investment and the economy requires tough decisions and reforms that Nawaz Sharif has so far showed no signs of making. To do so requires zero tolerance for terrorism, which has to be the goal if Pakistan is to survive and overcome the threats posed by extremists.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-24211003
 
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scholar

Chief Minister (5k+ posts)
جب بے ایمانی سے اور لوگوں کے ووٹ چورا کر نواز شریف وزیراعظم بنا تھا اسی دن اس کی موت ہو گئی تھی ۔ شہباز شریف نے نواز شریف کو مروا دیا ہے اپنی بےوقوف چالاکیوں کے ساتھ اور یہ وقت ثابت کرے گا وہ بھی بہت جلدی ۔۔۔۔ لکھ لو نوراز 25/9/2013 اس تاریخ کو
 

mrk123

Chief Minister (5k+ posts)
We proved that we are an insane nation. We elect NS over and over and over expecting different (read better) results every time.

The guy was two time PM, one time CM, spent a long time in exile, eagerly waited for 5 years to be handed his turn to become the PM for the third time and the guy still has no plans and no personnel to do the job at hand. What happened to that spiel that with all the experience we will hit the ground running. Its more like stumbling all over the place. Pathetic and then we wonder why are we in such a bad shape. The nincompoop politicians are the ones who give an opening to the dictator lovers of our country to mouth off the virtues of military dictatorships.
 

aneeskhan

Prime Minister (20k+ posts)
We proved that we are an insane nation. We elect NS over and over and over expecting different (read better) results every time.

The guy was two time PM, one time CM, spent a long time in exile, eagerly waited for 5 years to be handed his turn to become the PM for the third time and the guy still has no plans and no personnel to do the job at hand. What happened to that spiel that with all the experience we will hit the ground running. Its more like stumbling all over the place. Pathetic and then we wonder why are we in such a bad shape. The nincompoop politicians are the ones who give an opening to the dictator lovers of our country to mouth off the virtues of military dictatorships.
Ooh Great the GS of AJP( All Pakistan Jahilan Pakistan ) also realised things are getting worse, thanks God. If you remember you are the one who said "90's of Nawaz and Benazir was better than 99-07".
 

aneeskhan

Prime Minister (20k+ posts)
6 Britons Killed in Nairobi British PM cut short his trip came back for cabinet meeting, our PM got news at Airport about 86 killed in Peshawer, He advised to take off plane earlier ,after reaching London he said to media it's Sad. Now he is prolonging his stay in NY, wants to take a photo session with outgoing PM India, after Lot of Minnat to Salman Khursheed FM India,"Sirf Eik Photo Ka Sawal Hai" some indian Journalist commented ,Sartaj was pursuing him like"Kisi Larki Ko Patana HO",Manmohan has one by one meeting with Obama ,Sharif just to listen how Obama speaks at General Assembly. I thread all about this but administrator deleted all these in favour of Lifafa.It was well quoted by BBC
 

Believer12

Chief Minister (5k+ posts)
مجھے تو ان پر رحم آتا ھے کیونکہ مھربان ھر بار انکو ایک بھاری میجوریٹی کے ساتھ اقتدار دلواتے ھیں اور انکے طوطے پھلے خطاب پر ھی اڑ جاتےھیں باقی کے دو تین سال وھموں وسوسوں اور لڑای جھگڑوں میں گزر جاتے ھیں دو کشتیوں پر اکٹھے پاوں دھرنے کی وجہ سے اکثر ٹانگیں لڑکھڑا جاتی ھیں کبھی انڈیا سے محبت کی پینگیں تو کبھی طالبان کے ماموں سسر بن کر انھیں اپنے بچے پکارتے ھیں۔دشمن کی آنکھوں میں آنکھیں ڈال کر دیکھنا اور عوام کی خاطر بشیر بلور کی طرح اپنی جان خطرے میں ڈالنا ان کے خون میں شامل نھیں ھے
 

aneeskhan

Prime Minister (20k+ posts)
I heard Obama speech ,it was extempore fluent ,he expressed Americans point of view very, well if we agree or disagree. Similarly Turkish President Spoken in English without any reading material. What about our PM can he speak without any material extempore or fluently ?What's your view?
 

Wadaich

Prime Minister (20k+ posts)
"Bhola" is a born duffer....good only for Sri Paye/Khad/Nihari. Previously, he has been running government on the basis of support from Army. Now his bigotry has drawn the both heads on. And the Kitchen cabinet "Kashmiri Family Brand" is good for nothing......a bunch of greedy businessmen who dont't know anything except counting some currency at the close of the day's business........now they play in $$$. Therefore, he is lost.....it is what a moron is destined to.
 

aykay47

Banned
lal topi laal qilla zinda baad :P born intellectuals btw, duh

"Bhola" is a born duffer....good only for Sri Paye/Khad/Nihari. Previously, he has been running government on the basis of support from Army. Now his bigotry has drawn the both heads on. And the Kitchen cabinet "Kashmiri Family Brand" is good for nothing......a bunch of greedy businessmen who dont't know anything except counting some currency at the close of the day's business........now they play in $$$. Therefore, he is lost.....it is what a moron is destined to.
 

mrk123

Chief Minister (5k+ posts)
Ooh Great the GS of AJP( All Pakistan Jahilan Pakistan ) also realised things are getting worse, thanks God. If you remember you are the one who said "90's of Nawaz and Benazir was better than 99-07".

Here we go again!

Getting giddy like a 6 year old girl who got her hands on that barbie?

What did I say in my earlier post? The apologists will come out of the woodwork without fail to defend and sing praises of their ilk, the brain dead military dictators and self declared saviors of Pakistan. I am not surprised that their IQ level and mannerism mirror that of the military drill master who helped their idols get ready for the overblown head that they carry the rest of their lives.

I am sure that some idiot is waiting in the wings itching to utter those three infamous words: Meray aziz hamwatno....

With the way things are going who knows these lesser men/women may get their wish of a lesser man leading them to the land of rainbows, unicorns and everlasting happiness.....unless of course after 9 or 10 or 11 years they leave either with their tail between their legs or it becomes the case of exploding mangoes.
 
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Pracha

Chief Minister (5k+ posts)
Question should be, what did go wrong with this country to have a dubious honour of having Zardari, and NS being President and PM respectively.
 

jaanmark

Chief Minister (5k+ posts)
Please make your self correct not nawaz because nawaz is not his own in this world sorry about that just make dauas for pakistan and its leader less People.amine
نفس کا لفظ دو معنی میں استعمال ہوتا ہے: ایک شخصیت کے معنی میں اور دوسرا اس قوت کے معنی میں جو انسان کو برائی پر اکساتی ہے۔ قرآن مجید میں اسے "نفس امارہ" کہا گیا ہے۔
انسانی شخصیت تو اتنی واضح چیز ہے کہ اس کے لیے کسی تعریف کی ضرورت نہیں ہے۔ یہ جو "میں" کا تصور ہر شخص کے اندر موجود ہے، یہی انسانی نفس ہے اور اسی کا مطالعہ علم نفسیات کہلاتا ہے۔
اگر ہم انسانی شخصیت کا جائزہ لیں تو اس کے مختلف حصے ہیں:
۱۔ عقل ۔۔ جو چیزوں کا تجزیہ کرتی ہے۔
۲۔ نفس امارہ ۔۔ وہ قوت جو انسان کو برائی پر اکساتی ہے۔
۳۔ نفس لوامہ ۔۔ وہ قوت جو برائی کی صورت میں انسان کو لعن طعن کرتی ہے۔ اسے ضمیر بھی کہا جاتا ہے۔ یہی وہ قوت ہے جس کی وجہ سے انسان غلط و صحیح میں فرق کرتا ہے۔
۴۔ جذبات ۔۔ جیسے غصہ، محبت، نفرت وغیرہ۔
اگر یہ سب چیزیں عقل کے کنٹرول میں رہیں اور وہ نفس لوامہ کی مشوروں پر چلتی رہے تو انسان صحیح رہتا ہے۔ اگر عقل جذبات یا نفس امارہ سے مغلوب ہو جائے تو وہ غلط راہ پر چل نکلتا ہے۔ جزا وسزا اسی بات پر دی جائے گی کہ عقل کا کنٹرول رکھا گیا یا نہیں اور انسان کو صرف اسی معاملے میں جزا و سزا ملے گی جس میں اسے اللہ تعالی نے اختیار دیا ہے۔ غیر اختیاری معاملات میں کوئی جزا و سزا نہیں ہے۔ اس موضوع پر آپ میری تحریر انسانی شخصیت کا مطالعہ کر لیں تو مزید تفصیلات مل جائیں گی۔