The Resurgent Pakistan

March 28th, 2017 by Masood Sharif Khattak No comments »

Some countries that basked in petrodollar glory and never thought of diversification of their wealth to sustain their economies in case the petrodollar stopped flowing in are now running deficit budgets with the deficit nearing the 20% mark of their GDP.

These countries were befriended by all and sundry some years ago.The Super powers and the economic giants of the recent past use to fall over each other to befriend those countries.Not that they still don’t but surely to a much lesser degree.

During that period of the past few decades which was the golden era of the petrodollar a poor and underdeveloped Pakistan was always scorned and bullied by all and put to use as a client state whenever needed due to its geo-strategic location.

The aforementioned petrodollar countries kept enjoying the petrodollar as if it would never decline till eternity and didn’t think of diversifying to sustain their future economic situation. Pakistan, on the other hand, kept building itself modestly despite inherent corruption and other short comings like political leadership, military interventions, wars, calamities and much more.

Today, the petrodollar countries are beginning to realize the crisis that they are heading towards. Meanwhile, Pakistan, through the years, has become an established democracy with a robust political,judicial,military,bureaucratic and civil society structure and all of it with a huge level of freedom of speech and association. Pakistan has developed a colossal infrastructure,is the world’s 7th nuclear military power, a major economic corridor linking the whole region is almost operational through the port of Gawadar with China as a partner in the China Pakistan Economic Corridor(CPEC). Besides all that, Pakistan today manufactures fighter aircraft, builds submarines and small war ships, and the power generation is seeing a colossal upsurge. Oil and gas exploration is on the increase with substantial finds in different parts of the country. Lots more too.

In the present fast changing world while the petrodollar countries which did not diversify its wealth and go into industrialization etc are beginning to get relegated in international significance the poor underdeveloped Pakistan of a few years back that was worrying about its existence is solidifying and gaining in international significance by the day.

A resurgent and significantly strong and influential Pakistan of the foreseeable future is not something I am talking about but, in fact, analysts across the globe are painting a great picture of Pakistan’s future.

Those Pakistanis who still say things like Pakistan is lagging and is going to collapse under this or that burden are actually motivated people,for one or another reason.

Pakistan is now a resurgent Pakistan and all the indicators point towards a bright future. It wants peace within and in the region so as to be able to develop faster. But that is a desire Pakistan will have to strive for and hope the neighbors too realize how important peace is for them and all the regional countries. Let’s hope South Asia and the world becomes peaceful for all of humanity to prosper together.

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The significance of Karak and its surrounding areas

December 18th, 2016 by Masood Sharif Khattak No comments »

Karak i.e. NA 15 can now no longer be treated as a backyard Constituency or District of Pakistan without serious repercussions to Pakistan’s economic well being. Karak District and some of its adjoining areas in Kohat, Hangu and Mianwali Districts (also Bannu in the near future) are destined to be what may, eventually, be termed as the ‘Petroleum or Energy Province of Pakistan’. This upcoming ‘Energy Province’ of Pakistan that essentially revolves around Karak District now need serious attention of the economic planners of Pakistan. The more and faster that this area is made to develop the better it shall be for the general good health of Pakistan’s future economy as well as for the Country’s overall good in nearly every sector of national life.

While it will be Constitutionally incumbent upon the Federal Government to be paying a huge amount as royalty it is now necessary to pay attention to some other factors which, if they had been implemented in Balochistan when gas was discovered in that Province, would have today seen a

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The organisation that I had suggested for The Pakistan Tehreek e Insaf (PTI)

December 18th, 2016 by Masood Sharif Khattak No comments »

I joined the Pakistan Tehreek e Insaf through a crowded press conference at my residence on a once a date that I have no idea whether it will be ever repeated in the same manner..11/11/11 i.e 11th Nov 2011.

Masood Sharif Khattak's Press Conference - Joining PTI 11/11/11

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I and Chairman PTI Imran Khan addressed this Press Conference. It was a great day in my political life:-

Press Conference - Joining PTI on 11/11/11


After This I took upon myself a voluntary responsibility to draft an Organisation for the PTI as I had the requisite experience in this field. I was then hoping, and that was a time when PTI had no orgaisation at all, that these suggestions would be circulated amongst the senior leaders who would give their suggestions after which we may have had an Organisation on ground. I had presented theses suggestions directly to The Chairman on two occasions and on both occasions he had appreciated my effort and handed over the same, on one occasion, to a senior leader to have a look into these suggestions and get back to him9The Chairman. That never happened.
Since I had put in long hours on this effort I am posting the same here on my website for the sake of posterity. It saddens me that the PTI senior leadership entrusted with the task by the Chairman never even bothered to have a second look at these suggested organisations.
Later I stressed upon The Chairman PTI to at least incorporate the organisation of The Chairman’s Secretariat as his work then will become easier and smoother. The Chairman agreed and truly wanted it done but again the senior leadership entrusted with the task of coordinating the effort with me havent yet found time to have a meeting for the purpose. The sole purpose of posting these on my website is to save them for posterity as an effort, in vain, on my behalf for the betterment of the PTI. I am afraid I have to say that the organisation as listed in the now approved Constitution is absolutely inadequate. No organisation can be effective without a regular Charter of Duties. The Organisation I had suggested are attached here as presentations.

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Reinvigoration Of Pakistan And The Pakistani Dream – Proposed Speech For The Prime Minister of Pakistan

April 18th, 2014 by Masood Sharif Khattak 25 comments »

REINVIGORATION PAKISTAN AND THE PAKISTANI DREAM
Prelude
In these turbulent times I would suggest to the Prime Minister of Pakistan Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif to make the speech proposed below this prelude and that too from the floor of the National Assembly in a joint session of the Parliament. Let the world feel the emergence of the new Pakistan through the words of the Pakistani Prime Minister rendered from the floor of the National Assembly with members of the Senate also present.

Let the world see that all divisive lines in Pakistan be they political, ethnical, sectarian, or of any other kind have suddenly been erased. Let the world hear the roar of the new Pakistan through the thunderous applause of all members of the National Assembly and the Senate sitting under one roof for this particular speech and cheering the Prime Minister in unison.f0d4afa7405db0b9b3366e08bbe7[1]

Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto put Pakistan back on its feet in the post 1971 war period. Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, the incumbent Prime Minister of Pakistan in 2014, has a date with destiny and I pray that he will repeat Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto’s feat and usher in the emergence of the new Pakistan. I pray that Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif will provide Pakistan, a country raring to go, the leadership that is essential for Pakistan’s take off towards peace, progress and prosperity.

Pakistan has a free and independent judiciary because of the Long March in 2009. On 15 March 2009, Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif broke through all the barriers in Lahore disregarding his personal safety. Today, as Prime Minister of Pakistan, I pray that Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif breaks through all the barriers which have stood in Pakistan’s way to progress, peace and prosperity.

These barriers that have always subdued Pakistani political leadership from taking steps that are good for Pakistan are too well known to all Pakistanis. They have to now be overcome – once and for all.

I pray that Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif will shun all apprehensions and place his complete trust in the Pakistani nation of 180 million people whose hearts must now beat together if Pakistan has to prosper. I also pray that all the political parties and leaders of Pakistan will stand behind him and prove that Pakistan is one solid nation when interests of Pakistan are involved. » Read more: Reinvigoration Of Pakistan And The Pakistani Dream – Proposed Speech For The Prime Minister of Pakistan

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Mian Nawaz Sharif’s Date With Destiny

June 2nd, 2013 by Masood Sharif Khattak 1 comment »

Meeting With Mian Nawaz Sharif The next few weeks, months and indeed the next five years will be extremely important for Pakistan, its people, the incoming Prime Minister Mian Nawaz Sharif and his PML(N). Mian Nawaz Sharif is going to be the ‘man on the spot’ of the foreseeable future. Whatever he does will either make or destroy Pakistan’s future. Having been a Prime Minister twice the people of Pakistan expect him to do well.
Mian Nawaz Sharif has set up a date with his destiny as well as that of Pakistan. Absolute success is his only option as Pakistan now has a zero capacity for sustaining another failed government. History too will be unforgiving.
This is no easy situation for Mian Nawaz Sharif and, consequently, for Pakistan. Therefore, it becomes incumbent upon all political parties, irrespective of their political differences with Mian Nawaz Sharif or the PML(N) to cooperate with the incoming government in all its positive actions. Each and every political party and political leader owes this cooperation to none other than Pakistan itself.
Mian Nawaz Sharif must know that every Pakistani has his, or her, eyes on the team that he builds around himself. It is granted that people who have stuck to their guns with Mian Nawaz Sharif through thick and thin would probably be upper most in his mind for various key appointments and we are likely to see a lot of that happening in the initial days. But what Mian Nawaz Sharif must do, in his and in Pakistan’s interest, is that concrete targets for the first three months must be set for the people who are going to walk into the corridors of power with Mian Nawaz Sharif in the next couple of weeks. The bar should be raised for those who achieve their initial targets and those who fail to achieve reasonable successes must be shown the door and be replaced. Mian Nawaz Sharif will have no room to accommodate non achievers in significant positions without paying a heavy price for doing so. » Read more: Mian Nawaz Sharif’s Date With Destiny

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Masood Sharif Khan Khattak’s Long Term Vision For The Development of District Karak(NA 15) If Elected as MNA from NA 15(KARAK) Which he Will Contest as an Independent Candidate

March 23rd, 2013 by Masood Sharif Khattak 8 comments »
Karak and Surrounding Areas Oil and Gas Fields

1. I have declared that I shall contest the forthcoming general elections on 11 May, 2013 for NA 15 (Karak) as an independent candidate. If the Khattaks of NA 15 (Karak) repose their confidence in me I shall ensure that I lay the foundations of a progressive Karak District which shall serve as a model for all of Pakistan to follow. My concepts and outline plans are contained in the succeeding paragraphs. My attempt shall be to put my views across in a manner that it is easy for all, i.e. the professionals as well as the general public, to understand.
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2. Karak is now an oil and gas producing District. The production levels today indicate only the beginning of a golden era for Pakistan as well as the Southern Districts and the Southern Agencies of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and FATA respectively. To give a rough estimate the value of the oil and gas being produced annually in Karak has crossed the $3 billion (Rs 300 billion) mark. The intensity of exploration (surveys) being carried out and the success rate of the new wells being attempted are most encouraging which indicates that the value of the oil and gas production in District Karak will increase manifolds in the coming ten years or so. Add to Karak’s production the oil and gas being produced in the neighboring Khattak inhabited Shakardarra of Kohat District and this area as a whole emerges as an area with the potential of becoming the future ‘energy producing basin’ for Pakistan. The combined production of crude oil in Karak and Shakardarra warrant the necessity of a refinery within this area. Karak and Shakardarra have already started playing an important role in Pakistan’s economy and this role is going to be upgraded to being substantial over the next few years. Even the resurgence of Pakistan’s economy shall be directly impacted by the development of Karak and the surrounding region.
Kohat – Bannu Basin
3. Karak, having produced more than $3 billion (Rs 300 billion) worth of oil and gas in the fiscal year 2012-13, earned around Rs 25 billion as Royalty on this production for the Province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Out of this revenue Karak, as its share, received only Rs 1.2 billion as Royalty for the fiscal year 2011-12. This amount (Rs 1.2 billion) really is like giving peanuts to the people of District Karak in return for the wealth that emerges from their lands. A more equitable formula will have to be arrived at in the days to come. This amount (Rs 1.2 billion) was placed at the disposal of the MNA from Karak who belonged to JUI(F), and the two MPAs from Karak, one from JUI(F) and one a provincial Minister from ANP for utilization in the fiscal year 2012-13. It is widely believed by the people of Karak that these funds were spent on various projects as and how it was desired by the public representatives and not in an orderly and planned manner aimed at achieving substantive long term objectives that could better the lives and prospects of District Karak and its people as a whole. People talk of gross irregularities but that is not my area of concern in this policy paper.

4. Over the past many weeks I have been pondering over this matter and have come to certain conclusions which too will be further refined through a process of consultations and debate coming from the general public as well as the educated professional people of the Khattak tribe itself. Views from professionals from anywhere who happen to read this document will certainly be most valued. My concentration in this policy paper is on Karak and the Khattaks as this is the Constituency I shall be contesting from and it is, therefore, absolutely essential for the people I desire to represent in the National Assembly to know how exactly do I think on matters that are important for the general uplift of Karak and the Khattaks. Being a Pakistani I am very concerned about all of Pakistan and after I have highlighted my vision for Karak I feel that people from all over Pakistan can then study it and see how best the model can be applied to their Districts and Constituencies.

5. Through my vision and model for NA 15 (Karak) I wish to ensure the achievement of objectives that will ensure:-

a. A general uplift of the District through creation of commercial activity.
b. The utilization of all funds received as Royalty, MNA or MPA funds and other such grants that maybe allocated by a government from time to time in a transparent manner and in a way that long term projects having a bearing on the collective lives of the people of Karak are undertaken in a planned manner through a properly staffed organization designed to achieve the laid down objectives.
c. Provision of employment opportunities within the District for the skilled and unskilled labour as well as for the highly educated professionals belonging to the District. It is intended to bring the KHATTAK brains back to the District by creating an infrastructure that provides job opportunities to those who work elsewhere for want of such opportunities at home/close to home.
d. The utilization of the District resources/revenues in a manner that within the next 5 years District Karak begins to serve as the role model for all other developed and underdeveloped Districts in the country to follow or emulate.
e. To make the people of Karak the masters of their own destiny and not be subservient to their public representatives for matters that affect their daily lives in as far as the basic amenities of a decent human life are concerned.

6. While these objectives and aims are not easy to achieve they are also not impossible to achieve if we are driven by an honesty of purpose. From my point of view I do realize and understand that if any resource rich district/area and its surrounding districts/areas are not developed at a fast pace we will see a Balochistan kind of a situation in that area in one form or another in due course of time. The people of Karak today watch, everyday, hundreds of tankers carry away crude oil from the oil wells of the District. When they go home many do not have clean drinking water to drink. Such deprivations lead to a simmering which, in turn, then develops into low intensity conflicts that, subsequently and inevitably, lead to full blown conflicts. » Read more: Masood Sharif Khan Khattak’s Long Term Vision For The Development of District Karak(NA 15) If Elected as MNA from NA 15(KARAK) Which he Will Contest as an Independent Candidate

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Press Release On my Disassociation with the Pakistan Tehreek Insaf (PTI)

March 13th, 2013 by Masood Sharif Khattak 8 comments »

During my Press Conference when i joined PTI on 11/11/11

PRESS RELEASE
MASOOD SHARIF KHAN KHATTAK QUITS PAKISTAN TEHREEK INSAF

1. The youth of every era of Pakistan’s political history have been desirous of a CHANGE and this phenomenon is ongoing. I have firmly held the agenda for CHANGE close to my heart from the time I was a young man. This is why I identify myself with the youth of Pakistan despite my age. Therefore, at the time I am parting ways with the PTI, I want to extend my apologies to the vibrant youth within the PTI with whom I always enjoyed a very healthy relationship. Much that I had wanted to play a positive and solid role in bringing about a CHANGE certain lobbies deep within the top hierarchy of the PTI and, sadly, the Chairman (Imran Khan) himself were out to ensure that I am not able to play that role and am not effective in any manner to help in bringing about the agenda of CHANGE. The very purpose of my joining the PTI in the first place was thus destroyed. I had many options open to me when I joined the PTI full of fervour and enthusiasm to help expedite the growth of the PTI. By his arrogance and contemptuous indifference Imran Khan himself, playing into the hands of the sycophants around him, destroyed my fervour, motivation and enthusiasm to an extent that today I am forced to take this unpleasant decision of parting ways with the PTI. I hope the PTI cadres realize that the responsibility of losing dedicated people like me lies more with their own Chairman (Imran Khan) than anyone else. I hung on in PTI by swallowing my pride for as long as I could. I could bring it this far (1year and 6 months) and no more. » Read more: Press Release On my Disassociation with the Pakistan Tehreek Insaf (PTI)

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Written Reply Rendered by Masood Sharif Khan Khattak to the Honorable Supreme Court of Pakistan in a Suo Moto Case Regarding Secret Service Funds Spending During His Tenure in the Intelligence Bureau as Joint Director (Internal)

February 7th, 2013 by Masood Sharif Khattak No comments »

MY REMARKS:- When I rendered this reply to a three member Bench of the Honorable Supreme Court of Pakistan,, headed by the Chief Justice of Pakistan Mr Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry himself, the three honourable Judges read the reply dilligently and it was after nearly 25 minutes that they had a brief consultation amongst themselves. The other two Honorable Judges were MrJustice Gulzar Ahmed and Mr Justice Sh. Azmat Saeed. After their brief consultation The Honorable Chief Justice of Pakistan Mr Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry addressed me by my full name and said “Mr Masood Sharif Khan Khattak we(The Honorable Court) appreciate your memory,forthrighness and straightforwardness and we accept your plea that this matter has been adjudicated long ago at the Lahore High Court(1992)”. I was then asked by the Honorable Chief Justice of Pakistan if I wanted to claim any confidentiality of my replyto which my instatnt reply was that I did not want to claim any confidentiality and that this document can be put in the public domain. Since the same then got widely reported in the print and electronic media I have also placed it on my website for posterity, for record and for the purpose of those political science students who would like to study the 1988-1999 fragile period of democracy. I will be more than pleased to respond to comments whenever they are made.

FORMER DIRECTOR GENERAL INTELLIGENCE BUREAU
MASOOD SHARIF KHAN KHATTAK’S WRITTEN REPLY OF 06 FEBRUARY 2013
RENDERED TO THE SUPREME COURT OF PAKISTAN IN SUO MOTO CASE (CIVIL MISC. APPLICATION NO. 4671/2012)
REGARDING NEWS ITEM DATED 14.03.2012 PUBLISHED BY MR. ASAD KHARRAL, REPORTER, DAILY EXPRESS TRIBUNE WITH REGARD TO WITHDRAWAL OF AMOUNTS FROM IB ACCOUNT

1. To begin with I feel that the Honourable Supreme Court will be able to see things in a better light if I put before it the political environment prevalent in the period (1988-90) during which I was in the IB as Joint Director (Internal). Towards this end some aspects of the then existing and emerging political and national landscape are explained in the succeeding paragraphs. I observed them from my ring side position. The news reporter’s aspersions based upon an increase in the Secret Service Funds allocation to the Intelligence Bureau (IB) in the years 1989-90 shall be nullified by a perusal of the contents of paragraphs 3 to 22 below.

2. Besides the political environment then prevalent it is also necessary to understand the Administrative picture. In this context I would like to state that the Intelligence Bureau is actually a Division of the Federal Government and that the DG IB is a defacto Secretary to the Government of Pakistan. The Intelligence Bureau is not notified as a Division for the purpose of secrecy (a fallacy now). The Prime Minister is the Minister-in-Charge and the DGIB, like as if he was a Federal Secretary, reports to and receives orders directly from his Minister-in-Charge who is also the Prime Minister and Chief Executive of Pakistan. In the light of this it would not be incorrect to say that the Prime Minister is, in effect, the highest intelligence officer in Pakistan on the civil side and that, therefore, the flow of secret service funds on the Prime Minister’s orders is perfectly legal and administratively proper.

Pakistan’s Transition from Dictatorship to Democracy

3. In 1988, Pakistan had been under the military dictatorship of (General Zia ul Haq) for 11 years (1977-1988). Democracy and free will had been non existent in that period and so many other adversities like the hanging of an elected Prime Minister i.e. Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto are too well known to be repeated.

4. It was on 17 August 1988 that the fatal and well known C130 air crash at Bahawalpur paved the way for the advent of democracy in Pakistan.

5. The general elections were held in October 1988 but Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto was handed over political power as late as 02 Dec 1988. The interim period was utilized for negotiations etc to somehow cobble a coalition sans Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto and her PPP. The perceived threats arising out of the daughter of the executed elected Prime Minister Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto coming to power were beginning to show in this power handing process.

6. Parallel to the efforts to cobble an anti PPP coalition to take power negotiations were also being held with Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto so that in case power does, eventually, go to her and she becomes the Prime Minister she should know what would be the no go areas for her government and how she would have to accommodate selected people in important slots so that the then hitherto decade plus establishment’s say in the running of Pakistan’s policies in some sectors of national life could be carried on uninterrupted.

7. Significant amongst those people were:

a. Ghulam Ishaq Khan as President
b. Sahibzada Yaqoob Khan as Foreign Minister (Mar 1982 to Mar 1991)
c. Mr V A Jaffery. Most people believe that he was also appointed as Advisor to the Prime Minister for Finance as part of the compromise mentioned above.

8. After all efforts to cobble a coalition against Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto failed she was handed over power but not before she had a meeting with the then Chief of the Army Staff Gen Mirza Aslam Beg. The meeting was a publicized one. I am not sure but I think the incumbent President Mr Asif Ali Zardari was also present at that meeting. » Read more: Written Reply Rendered by Masood Sharif Khan Khattak to the Honorable Supreme Court of Pakistan in a Suo Moto Case Regarding Secret Service Funds Spending During His Tenure in the Intelligence Bureau as Joint Director (Internal)

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Pakistan Needs To Break The Status Quo Stranglehold

October 27th, 2011 by Masood Sharif Khattak 8 comments »

As a forward looking Pakistani and a proud Pakhtun I feel it is time in Pakistan for:-
1. Replacing of the pick and shovel (gaintee belcha) in the hands of the rugged, enterprising and patriotic Pakhtuns with books, pens and laptops.
2. To free the poor and thoroughly exploited Haris of Sindh and ensure that their next generations go to schools and are liberated of their waderas.
3. To integrate Baluchistan into the national mainstream in all respects and to ensure that the poor and completely subjugated people of Baluchistan are given 100% of the revenue obtained from their natural resources till Baluchistan has caught up with the rest of the country.
4. To stop villifying Punjab as an exploiter as most of Punjab rural is just as backward and neglected as the rural areas in other provinces and here too the people have to still be liberated from the tyranny of their local and bigger Chaudhris.
5. To take a look at what Pakistan possesses in the shape of Gilgit-Baltistan as heaven on earth and strive to develop the area and bring prosperity to the area before it gets too late as the dynamics in this region are likely to change in the coming years and nothing short of fast paced development will be able to integrate the area firmly as a part of the Federation of Pakistan.
6. To give Azad Jammu and Kashmir it’s due and to ensure that the area becomes so developed that people from across the border look at it enviously and then gradually, without any military adventures, the Kashmiri people unite and, by absolute choice, opt to become a part of Pakistan.
6. Corruption has to be buried deep and be replaced by another code of life wherein the corrupt are shunned by the society and the honest honored rightfully.
7.To make merit the only criteria for everything-even a peon’s job.
8. To honour our heroes and condemn those who let down this great beloved country of ours.
9. And so much more in line with the above mentioned aspects
10.In short, it is time to break the status quo and the stranglehold of the few that have (mis) ruled the destinies of the deprived millions in Pakistan.

THE BIG QUESTION:- Will Pakistan stand up for its own liberation from the home grown and fast degenerating status quo symbolised by the traditional political elite that has enslaved it (Pakistan) to the peril of its own existence as a respectable, dignified, honourable, progressive and genuinely sovreign State? Time is surely running out on us all.

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Nawaz Sharif’s last political opportunity

October 14th, 2011 by Masood Sharif Khattak 7 comments »

PML(N) chief Mian Nawaz Sharif is now in the decisive stage, in a wait and see phase, while a once-in-a-life-time opportunity stares him in the face saying: Step forward as you are running out of time and I will not be there for you if you act later.

The decision to act, or not to act, is one that has to be taken by Mian Nawaz Sharif alone and this decision will decide the shape of Pakistan’s future political landscape. He has to now take bold, calculated and dynamic political initiatives. If he does not do this then he will have to soon face an irretrievable political situation while his political rivals climb to new political heights.

Because of his hitherto ‘save the system’ policy Mian Nawaz Sharif has lost colossal amount of political space. Can he and his colleagues now bring about quick paced political initiatives aimed at regaining that lost political space? If they do they might even make PPP’s coalition partners i.e. PML-Q, MQM and ANP wonder if they are really onboard the better ship or are they on a drowning ship way out at sea. Can the PML-N bring this about and thus isolate PPP before launching a decisive political onslaught?

For the past three and a half years Mian Nawaz Sharif, obsessed with the fear of a military takeover, always came to the rescue of Mr Zardari’s so-called reconciliation driven coalition government, each time it was under threat. » Read more: Nawaz Sharif’s last political opportunity

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