Structural adjustments needed, neither Nawaz nor Imran can improve system, Miftah

Former finance minister Miftah Ismail has said that neither a political leader nor martial law could enhance the system in Pakistan until we make structural adjustments.

In an interview the leader of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) underlined the issues Pakistanis have been facing, pinpointing the sources of those issues and offers some potential remedies to handle the situation.

Nothing will improve the system unless we make structural reforms regardless of whether Pakistanis have the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan, his party’s Supremo Nawaz Sharif, Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Co-Chairman Asif Ali Zardari or martial law.

Miftah has been extremely outspoken regarding some party decisions, particularly the policies of the current finance minister Ishaq Dar.

When asked about his predictions for the eagerly awaited general elections, Miftah responded, “I don’t see any party sweeping the elections,” but the PML-N leader was certain that “definitely don’t see PML-N sweeping the elections.”

Miftah nodded partly in agreement, acknowledging that Khan has a sizable support base and that the PML-N has lost a significant portion of its supporters in Punjab.

The former finance minister added that while the PPP is still marginal in Punjab, some politicians who win on specific seats earn victory because of their reputation and trustworthiness. The elections in Punjab are set to take place on April 30.

When discussing the issue with all political parties, Miftah stated that all political parties, including the PML-N, PPP, and PTI, should speak with Pakistan’s citizens and find out about their genuine wants and issues.

There is one leader who is more focused on “I, me, and I” than the rest, but it is all about them when you hear the leaders of today proclaim, “I want to be the prime minister.  “Nobody is discussing the necessary actual answers. Our politics are nothing more than a struggle for dominance. There are absolutely no fresh ideas, and there is no competence,” he insisted.