How was year 2013 in Pakistan’s perspective

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As the year started the country was getting ready for elections. The ruling Party in center had less hopes in the elections due to evident reasons, they didn’t performed in last five year tenure. Pakistan People Party (PPP) was this way going to lose in elections for sure. PML-N had higher hopes, last five years they had ruled the province with the most of population Punjab. They as well had not done very much in first three years but lots of overhead bridges on roads, laptop and yellow cap schemes given them reason to hope and achieve big. So by just performing in last couple of years they were ready to win big.

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) was also ready to take on the PPP and PML-N along with other smaller parties. This party under the leadership of Imran Khan and support of youth of country was set to bring positive change and win big.

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So year started with political rallies and fueled up political activities. Soon elections happened, there was a transition in center from PPP to Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N). PML-N held the Punjab, Young blood of PTI got KPK. PPP did got big win in Sindh.

After elections as PML-N got into power people were hopping for betterment, they hoped that things will at least better than earlier. They were looking up to the budget.

As always the budget never brought any relief to common man in Pakistan. More and more taxes were imposed. Later fuel and specially electricity prices were increased. Fast forwarding to the end of Year people are still out of electricity in homes and Gas in their stoves. PML-N by putting more taxes claims to reviving the economy but what is for common man in it.

PML-N brought a controversial loan scheme for people, so they can get the loan up t0 2000,000 PKR with subsidized interest rate of 8% yearly. Loans have to beĀ  returned in 8 years. They also have some tough conditions like provision of a guarantee by someone who knows you etc. Some people are rejecting this scheme on grounds of interest which is deemed illegal (haram) in Islam. However PML-N puts this project as a positive on their resume. However time will tell how it goes.

People are also unhappy with PML-N as they have been unable to deal with the drone strikes from USA in Pakistan. People mostly dislike them as they are not being done with consent of government of Pakistan, they also are thought to be counter productive as its believed that they mostly kill the innocent people too, specially woman and children along with any terrorists they would have targeted.

Here we are ending the 2013 with same problems we had last year as well as last decade. I hope the PML-N and other provincial governments will try that next year goes better. Other the power game and the parties in power nothing much have changed in the country in this year. Lots of people are hoping change in coming years, will they get it. May Allah bless Pakistan.

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Are 226 thousand Facebook fans enough to bring back Musharraf

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Pervez MusharrafGeneral Pervez Musharraf who served army for long time, lately as chief of army staff, then lately he was also forced chief executive and forced president of Pakistan for period of about 8 years, he is now hopping to come back to Pakistani politics once again. Because of the way he came into government, took over the country and specially some of his decisions in his time in government he was very much unpopular in people.

Now after he was no more in government in accordance with the people’s and other politician’s wishes, he happened to create his personal fan page on Facebook. Which gradually became popular, soon he had more fans on Facebook than any other Pakistani person who is related to Pakistani politics. As most of Pakistani users on Facebook are youth so this way Pervez Musharraf became kinna popular in Pakistani youth.

Now after seeing his popularity on Facebook, which is more than any other Paki Politician, Pervez Musharraf is thinking of coming back to the politics, he want to take part in elections. He thinks that he will have enough support from people of Pakistan so he can get elected. It is not made clear that either he plans to be part of any existing political party or will plan to have his own.

Now the question is, does the 226 thousand Facebook fans are enough to get Musharraf elected, real question arises is does the millions of non-Facebookers who actually are the potential voters, will they vote for Musharraf. I don’t think that the realities here in the country match with the ones on Facebook. Also being a fan on Facebook does not mean that you support the person, there may be other reason like urge to keep yourself updated about a person, which may be beneficial for the journalists etc.

In my opinion the chances for Musharraf in Paki politics are not that great but after looking at mismanagement of other parties in power sometimes this comes to my mind the Musharraf may have some chance. After all things were much better when he was in power. People seen much less power shortages, nearly no shortages of food items like flour and sugar, economy was going much better than it currently is, Pakistani currency was much more powerful and remained consistent throughout the period of his government and finally law and order situation was kinna better than now.

Though there were few mistakes which hurt his reputation to an extent, but I hope if he gets elected this time, he can overcome that part and continue on the good work. Finally only time will tell about the chances of Musharraf being elected.

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