ISLAMABAD - Pakistan People’s Party-led coalition government’s performance since assuming power in early 2008 has been a complete failure if viewed in context of governance while the same team’s performance is wonderful in the Parliament where they have managed to restore the 1973 Constitution in it original shape by removing all the anomalies introduced in it during the dictatorial regimes in the past.

But overall, the bad governance of the ruling coalition had overshadowed their achievements like unanimous passage of 18th Constitutional Amendment, unanimous approval of 7th National Finance Commission Award and unanimous approval of 19th and 20th Constitutional Amendments.

Pakistan People’s Party leadership said that it was their singular achievement that they had for the first time in the country’s history introduced politics of consensus and taken along all the political forces in the Parliament on all the major issues and settled the long-standing issues with consensus.

They further claimed that it was the leadership of the PPP, which had shun the politics of victimisation and vendetta, and during the past over four years in power not even a single case against political opponents was framed.

PPP was rightly claiming that not having even simple majority in the National Assembly the PPP-led coalition government was going to write history by completing for the first time the mandated term of the National Assembly, which itself would be a record.

The PPP leadership also claimed that despite having acute financial constraints the government had introduced Benazir Income Support Programme to provide economic relief to millions of people across the country without any discrimination.

The PPP also claimed that following in the footsteps of Shaheed Benazir Bhutto the party had fulfilled its commitment toward masses by providing them maximum relief remaining within its economic limitation, as the country’s economy was in shambles when they had come in power. They said that despite the unprecedented floods devastations in 2010 and massive rains in 2011, which had inundated most parts of Punjab and Sindh the government had not rolled back its economic reforms agenda aimed at providing maximum relief to the common people and referred to various programmes launched by the government under Benazir Income Support Programme and Pakistan Baitul Maal.

They claimed that following the deletion of Concurrent List from the Constitution and devolution of over a dozen federal ministries to provinces, the funds at the disposal of federal government had reduced considerably but even then the government had continued with its economic reforms agenda.

Pakistan People’s Party in collaboration with the Armed Forces of the country had controlled the menace of terrorism to a great extend and Swat Operation was the perfect example of it where both the Army and political elite had flushed out the militants and restored peace and order in the area. The Swat Operation had its economic and political implications but the PPP and its allies had put their foot down and cleared the area from militants.

But on the other hand, the critics of the ruling coalition, which is in power in Centre and three provinces, said that the ruling coalition has miserably failed to deliver in serving the cause of the masses and all what they have been claiming as their achievements are actually their failures.

They said that right from tendering apology from Balochs by President Asif Ali Zardari, presentation of Aghaz-I-Haqooq-I-Balochistan and granting of special grant to Balochistan in the 7th NFC Award no concrete step was taken to ameliorate the sufferings of the Baloch nationals and the current situation was reflection of the government’s inaction toward the sensitive issue.

Similarly, the devolution of power to the provinces sound quite good but practically it had created quite serious problems like decentralisation of education, devolution of parts of health and agriculture matters directly linked to the foreign countries required to be kept at Centre, so that the government could single-handedly handle these issues.

They further said that the mal-governance and corruption was so blatant in government departments, which had swept away all the claims the ruling elite. The inability of the rulers could be judged well from the fact that they had not launched even a single project for power generation during their term in office when the whole country was subjected to worst sort of load-shedding.

They also refuted the claims of the rulers that they had done a lot for the poor and downtrodden segments of society and said that as per the statistics of World Bank and IMF the poverty had increased in the country and millions of middle and lower middle class people had slipped down the poverty line. Again as per the international statistics the incumbent government had taken record loans from local banks while the overall loans of the country had doubled in just four and a half years rule of PPP.

The political party, which claimed to be the representative party of the poor and have-nots, has practically made life miserable for these classes which are considered to be its stronghold and all what they claimed as their achievements turned out to be their failures.