By Muzzammil Aslam
Unusual development last week witnessed in terms of tough policy and administrative actions which was never easy to make historically by any political government especially in a weeks time. Below are the snap shot;
1- Government puts its priority ahead of IMF suggested conditionalities
2- Pakistan willingness to inaugurate Kartarpur Corridor and Visa free entry for Indian Sikh community
3- Arrest orders of Khadim Hussain Rizvi (TLP supreme leader) on the back of his anti-state statements
4- Demolishing of illegal constructions and anti-encroachment drive in Karachi, Lahore & Islamabad
Apart from decisions on IMF, all other decisions are anti populous and political. Arrest of Religious leader has never been easy. Moreover, vacating Government land from general public is something that requires big courage.
Lastly, opening of visa free gate for Indian Sikhs will always be big question mark, unless Indian side reciprocates. Plus, in the presence of Indian Army led extreme violence imposed on Indian occupied Kashmir.
All of above actions are positive in the medium to long-term. With Indian getting visa free entry, it is expected rich Indian will spend at least US$1 billion/annum quoted by Indian officials.
With the retrieval of land and demolishing of illegal construction, the rebuilding process will start and this will not only promote economic activities but will also enhance local, provincial and federal government revenues.
With the arrest of Khadim Hussain Rizvi, loud and clear message has been sent across Pakistan regarding no compromise on country law and order.
Lastly, warding-off tough IMF conditionalities and agreeing to deliberate on recommendation in the days to follow are clearly hinting government intentions of no comprise on economic and security related sovereignty of the country.