Next polls to bring fragmented govt: PEW

KARACHI: The Pakistan Economy Watch PEW on Tuesday said the upcoming elections would result in a fragmented government which would result in continued political and economic instability hurting millions more.

The uncertainty may not be settled after elections as another era of horsetrading will take toll on the limping economy, it said. “Majority of those who supported PPP in 2008 elections are disappointed due the hardships inflicted upon them in the name of democracy,” said Dr Murtaza Mughal, President PEW.

He said that the divided rivals of PPP are busy in luring masses and using issue of energy crisis which has unnerved people but none has a concrete plan to resolve outstanding issues. Dr Murtaza Mughal said that politicians are issuing contradictory statements and promising a change which is unlikely to happen in the current set of circumstances. A national hero turned politician has been trying to capitalise on anger at corruption while promising significant steps to tackle terrorism and revive economy but he lacks support in rural areas.

“Similarly, an industrialist who has served as prime minister twice has become very popular due to inefficiency and mismanagement of his coalition partners in centre but his votes may get divided.” Dr Murtaza Mughal said that in such a situation no party would have a clear mandate which would result in a coalition government where smaller parties would be dictating terms.

A weak government in the centre will not be able to take tough and unpopular decision or fulfil promises forcing country to carry a begging bowl after few years. Failure of the government to deliver will only add to the frustration among masses and heightened security challenges which will trigger unforeseen problems, warned Dr Mughal. He said that the disaster in the making can be averted if masses vote on merit.