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Mismanagement in governance... By Fatima

07 January, 2014

It is time to wake up and assume that 2014 will be a year of reconciliation for our government and establishment. As one can see, the civil government has not been successful so far in managing the country's affairs. The incumbent government could not persuade the US to stop drone attacks, could not formulate effective foreign and national policies and accepted only hard terms from the IMF. None in the civil establishment departments have been able to organise their governance except for interfering into the matters of others without having a vision to work. The year 2013 was the year of mismanagement, corruption and lack of governance. The government is not looking after the country the way it should. Poor governance and international interference caused big failures like with the governments of Libya and Iraq whose governments have been finished.

The media in general has not performed its assigned role. Alleged external funding to some in the media is hindering its performance for which it is undermining the role of the armed forces, judiciary and the government. The media is a credible source, which should not only disseminate a positive strategic image but also the national security policy of the government. Some of the media has not acted as a fourth estate but a destabiliser and considers itself above accountability. After the 18th amendment, the provinces have been given more autonomy so as to carry out the socio-economic uplift of the people, which has not yet happened. The incumbent government has not created sufficient socioeconomic development in various sectors like electricity, gas, industrial development, which has increased dependence on the IMF.

We need to safeguard our country by not selling its integrity to the IMF or any other external body. We need to get rid of drone attacks. This will only be possible if the government and establishment pull away the cloth of ignorance and corruption from their eyes. It is the time for politicians, the armed forces, judiciary and civil establishment to sit together and identify their roles in combating the crisis both internally and externally otherwise Pakistan will face turmoil at the hands of external forces.

FATIMA MANSOOR
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