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Sunday April 14, 2024

Comment: What makes me optimistic

By Farrukh Saleem
March 05, 2024
Shehbaz Sharif hugs his brother PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif after being announced winner of the election for the prime minister. — Screenshot/Geo News
Shehbaz Sharif hugs his brother PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif after being announced winner of the election for the prime minister. — Screenshot/Geo News 

KARACHI: Dust is settling on Pakistan’s recent elections. The outcome sparked various reactions among citizens, it’s crucial to acknowledge the potential for optimism that accompanies this new chapter in Pakistan’s political landscape.

As we look ahead to the leadership of Shehbaz Sharif, there are several reasons for cautious optimism that merit exploration and reflection. The new Prime Minister is project focused. He has an unwavering belief in the power of tangible outcomes to drive progress and prosperity. The hallmark of his governance style lies in his hands-on approach to project management, characterized by rigorous monitoring, timely execution, and a relentless pursuit of excellence. This particular characteristic holds significant promise for the nation’s future. The new Prime Minister has demonstrated administrative efficiency. He has exhibited a remarkable ability to do three things: streamline bureaucratic processes, optimize resource allocation, and deliver results in a timely and effective manner.

Rather than getting bogged down in bureaucratic red tape or succumbing to inertia, he has shown a propensity for action and a commitment to delivering tangible outcomes. The new Prime Minister seems to have a vision for development.

Somehow I feel that his vision for development transcends mere rhetoric. Somehow I feel that his vision for development embodies a strategic blueprint for transformative change. Somehow I feel that he envisions a knowledge-based economy. Somehow I feel that he aims to unlock the full potential of Pakistan’s resources.

The new Prime Minister is renowned for his assertive demeanor. Yes, one of the defining traits is his ability to set clear goals and pursue them with determination. Yes, his assertiveness is not driven by ego or arrogance but by a genuine desire to effect positive change. I hope that the new Prime Minister endeavors to mend the wounds within society. To be certain, the scars of division, polarization, and the need for reconciliation and unity has never been more pressing.

The new Prime Minister has a unique opportunity to bridge the divides, transcending political, ethnic, and religious differences to forge a common sense of purpose and belonging. The new Prime Minister seems to be a man with a vision and a purpose. Does he have a strategy? Remember, a ‘vision without a strategy remains an illusion’. Will he be able to translate his vision into tangible outcomes? Ultimately, the success of the new Prime Minister’s vision hinges not only on the clarity of his vision but also on the effectiveness of his strategy. Crafting and executing a comprehensive economic strategy is crucial. To lead and govern effectively is paramount. Social cohesion is vital for national unity. Diplomatic and geopolitical skills are crucial. And, effective communication is key.

The new Prime Minister will encounter resistance from entrenched interests within the government bureaucracy and opposition parties. The new Prime Minister will struggle to address deep-seated political divisions. The new Prime Minister may have a vision and a purpose, navigating these challenges will necessitate three additional attributes: resilience, adaptability, and a willingness to confront obstacles head-on. We must seize this crisis as an opportunity.