Two Years of Imran Khan: Has Anything Changed in Imran’s ‘Naya Pakistan’.
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan completed two years in office on August 18, 2020. Let’s take a look at Imran’s performance.
Economy– Pakistan’s GDP growth has fallen from 5 percent in 2018 to just 0.5 percent this year. In January, Pakistan witnessed 12-year high inflation at 14.6 percent. Last month, the figure slipped to 10.49 percent but continues to run in double digits.
On top of this Pakistan’s currency has also seen a fall against the dollar. At 168 per dollar Pak’s currency had fallen by 35%. Before becoming PM, Imran promised that if he gets elected he won’t go to IMF for any loans rather he will die, but the picture is different. As he became the PM, Pak’s international loans have just piled up. In April 2020, it borrowed $1.3 billion from the IMF. It was in addition to the $6 billion loans it secured in July 2019, and the many loans Khan’s successors have initiated over the years and Pakistan remains the country that runs on just loans.
Pakistan’s foreign policy- Just like its economy the Pak Foreign policy is also weakening day by day because of fo its support to terrorism. Pak foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi recently made a state saying that if OIC does not help Pakistan then Pakistan might think of starting another OIC like Islamic block. This statement did not go well with Saudi and it only weakened its relationship with Saudi.
Society- Discrimination & violence on religious minorities naming Shia Muslims, Christians, Ahmadis, Hindus, and Sikhs makes it very difficult for the people in Pak society. Since August 2018, at least 31 members of the minority communities have been killed in Pakistan.
an American citizen, a former Ahmadi Muslim was shot six times in front of a judge in the courtroom before he could be placed on trial for blasphemy.
Girls of minority groups have been kidnapped at gunpoint in the country and later forcibly married off to their abductor which doesn’t seem to be ending.
Pakistan Army & Terrorism– The PM Khan is just for the namesake but the real in charge of Pakistan remains its Army. After Imran Khan became PM many thought that things might change in Pak but nothing has changed.
Pakistan continued support of terrorism, infiltration of terrorists in Kashmir valley, and protecting UN-designated terrorists remains the same.