A month, and Pakistanis unhappy with government

April 30th, 2008 - 12:46 pm ICT by admin  

A file-photo of Pervez Musharraf

Islamabad, April 30 (IANS) The new ruling coalition in Pakistan has failed to satisfy the people in its first month of governance, media reported Wednesday. A small survey conducted by the Daily Times over this issue has found that the government’s inability to control skyrocketing prices was the major reason behind the dissatisfaction of the people.

Quoting residents in different neighbourhoods of Lahore, the newspaper said most of them sounded unhappy with the government’s failure to address the issues of public concern.

“It is regrettable the government has not solved a single issue of public concern,” said Abdul Wahab, a Johar Town resident.

Muhammad Javed, a Wahdat Colony resident, said: “In the past one month, the new government has done nothing for the public welfare, but I hope that it will work for the public welfare.”

Aurangzeb, an Allama Iqbal Town resident, satirically said the only relief he had got from the new government was that in the wheat harvest season he had to pay more to buy flour.

The new government, with the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) as its main partners, took oath March 30.

However, some even said one-month was too little for the government to keep its promises.

Said Ashfaq Ahmad, a bureaucrat: “The coalition parties made a number of promises during their electoral campaigns. It will be next to impossible for them to achieve all these goals. How can the government provide relief to the people in a month?”

People were of the view that the issue of restoration of judges sacked by President Pervez Musharraf last November was blocking the functioning of the government. Key coalition partners, the PML-N and the PPP, are in a tussle over the issue, which has brought the alliance to the brink of collapse.

“Unless the judiciary issue is resolved, the government will not be able to pay attention to other issues. The government should tell the people if it does not want to restore the deposed judges,” said Tanveer Ahmad, a Defence Housing Authority resident.

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