Pakistan’s Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government led by Prime Minister Imran Khan presented on Tuesday its
two-year performance report, reviewing its achievements in different domains including governance,
economy and diplomatic affairs. PTI government claims that to stabilize economy after inheriting the
worst external crises, faced down Indian threat after Balakot with courage and managed the biggest
global COVID threat by successfully balancing lives and livelihoods.
On the other side, opposition to the government, PML-N and PPP has criticised the PTI government’s
performance in its two years of power as “unmitigated disaster”. PML-N chief and Leader of the
Opposition in the National Assembly Shehbaz Sharif tweeted that “Imran Khan’s mismanagement of
national affairs has increased the woes of the masses manifold”. “People continue to pay heavy price for
this failed experiment in political engineering,” he believes.
The Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) government has many accomplishments to narrate on the completion
of its two years. Sadly, these actions do not inspire the people on the streets who have undergone the
worst kind of inflation, layoffs, shrinking income and depletion of savings in the last year. Let us first
detail the achievements.
The government deserves full marks in its fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. In the last 24 hours, 617
cases of the virus and 15 deaths from the coronavirus related issues were reported across the country.
Though the country has yet to eradicate coronavirus completely, it has brought down the number of
cases to the lowest level to the extent that the Pakistani government’s strategy is becoming a case to
study for many countries still reeling from everyday emerging positive cases and related deaths. The
government handled the pandemic with smart and creative solutions, initially showing a heavy hand to
every confirmed, suspected and recovered case and side by side putting masses on blanket, selective
and smart lockdown. The government did not forget the downtrodden segments of society and
provided them with cash handouts and meals besides efficient medical treatment. Prime Minister Imran
Khan tried to boost the morale of the nation in the most pressing times with his televised addresses.
Other than the pandemic handling, the government made the economy healthier despite the novel
coronavirus crisis. Small businesses were sustained with the help of soft loans. The government kept the
export-oriented sectors in the swim by injecting them with packages, and as a result, exports grew by six
per cent in the last six months. In recent weeks, Moody’s, Fitch and Bloomberg have spoken highly of
Pakistan’s economic growth. On the shores of diplomacy, the government focused on frustrating India’s
efforts to isolate Pakistan regionally and internationally but we can see Pakistan has lots of allies across
the world as “a dramatic shift can be seen from diplomatic isolation to effective representation”. The
government has made India-held Kashmir’s revocation of statehood an international issue. Pakistan is
not anymore a “part of the problem” in the US books. The US and Pakistan are working efficiently on
Afghanistan. The progress on the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor is going smoothly. Iran is eager to
grow economic ties with Pakistan, while Turkey wants to boost the ongoing economic projects.
Domestically, the ruling elite has not been caught in any major corruption scandal. This, however, does
not mean the government’s past year has been without any negatives. The list is equally long but that
will be discussed some other day, not now to spoil the biggest achievement of controlling the pandemic
The Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) government has many accomplishments to narrate on the
completion of its two years. Sadly, these actions do not inspire the people on the streets who have
undergone the worst kind of inflation, layoffs, shrinking income and depletion of savings in the last