Maria Rashid Malik - Governance is an art of providing basic civic amenities to masses, nourishing inhabitant’s potentials and safeguarding larger national interests.

 Like any other art, instead of stirring saturation, each destination point in practicing governance further inspires for yet to be achieve goals for the betterment of masses.

So alike in developed and developing countries the glass for performance evaluation of governance will always be half empty and half full. The half full tells the story not only of achievements but also effectively answers for the half empty by displaying the sense of direction and execution spirit of any government.

The incumbent federal government of PML (N) has completed 3 years of its tenure so the bird eye’s analysis of the government’s achievements will surely portray the half full while answering for the other half.

The list of daunting challenges, being faced by the government, since it took charge of the country, include complex problems of terrorism and extremism in all its forms and manifestations; overhauling of economy and all its allied sectors, including energy cementing political system and democratic norms; safeguarding national interest while improving international relations on the diplomatic front.

In an effort to eradicate terrorism, the government took the daring and politically vulnerable initiative of launching Karachi operation at full scale.

Civil and military leadership jointly accepted the complex challenges embedded in the law and order situation of Karachi.

In principle, the decision was made that operation would be across the board, and would continue till its logical conclusion so to recover lasting peace and prosperity in Karachi and in the province.

 Civil and military law enforcement agencies and the federal government showed zero tolerance for delaying tactics and fluctuating facilitation by the provincial government of Sindh.

As a result Karachi operation has successfully completed its first phase of phasing out terrorists from the field. Similar targeted operations against the terrorists are ongoing in all parts of the country.

Joint operation by all security forces, led by Pakistan Army, against Chuto gang in Punjab and police action against Malik Ishaq and the entire leadership of a banned organisation are glaring examples of zero tolerance for terrorism.

In the wake of a deadly Peshawar APS attack, our civil and military leadership decided to formulate a comprehensive National Action Plan with the consensus of all political parties.  National Action Plan is on its way to full and effective implementation, while civil and military leadership is determined to meet all challenges to bring peace and prosperity in the country.

Operation Zarb-e-Azb has successfully wiped out militants from the tribal areas and now country-wide combing operation against all militant elements is in the offing. More to it the state institutions and the law-enforcement agencies are now also aiming at the logistic and financial facilitators, political sympathisers and silent abettors  so that to fully root out the causes of terrorism and extremism.

Another important aspect with regard to coping with extremist elements is that our civil and military leadership has adopted variedly suitable strategy in every area of the country. For instance in Balochistan, an effective reconciliation process with estranged brethren is underway, wherein any hostile foreign hand has been precisely caught with iron hand.

So it is hoped that this policy will ensure well integrated Baloch society in future with all foreign elements finally eliminated from all parts of our soil.

Pakistan’s government along with the military leadership is also making continuous sincere efforts to bring lasting peace to the region as well. Pakistan has been facilitating reconciliation process in Afghanistan through peaceful and meaningful negotiations between all stakeholders.

At diplomatic front during recent years Pakistan’s foreign policy has reinforced its inherent basic values of pacific reconciliation and mutually beneficial cooperation with all countries especially neighbours. Relationship with China has been further cemented with the historic project of CPEC. This multibillion dollar development project has reinforced the importance of beneficial cooperation in the realm of diplomatic relations. Construction of Gwardar port, state of the art road connectivity system and various allied development projects of CPEC, once executed will provide great economic opportunities worldwide.

Macroeconomic indicators of Pakistan’s economy at the moment are pointing towards positivity with decreased inflation rate, reduced budget deficit, foreign exchange reserves of $21 billion and 16.5% tax recovery. The ongoing development projects once completed will surely further boost up the economy while making it more productive and facilitative with respects of general masses need.

While upholding the flag of mega projects now this Government vows to provide masses with the missing links in provision of basic amenities. So far Government holds the credit of initiating number of mega projects especially in the sector of road infrastructure. And it is expected that after completion of number of projects road infrastructure will be increased four times in the next three years. Sustainable development and productive economy is all about facilitation for business and economic activities. So in the longer run easy road connectivity will not only benefit Government owned micro& macro-economic projects for masses but will also encourage agricultural and industrial endeavors of the masses. Furthermore Government is also working on number of power sector projects which hold the potential to resolve energy crisis which in turn will be an inspiring incentive for local and foreign investment in business.