Monday, April 1, 2013

Busting PMLN claims about Motorway, Nuclear Bomb, Telecom, Economy, Metro, Laptops and Danish Schools Programs

By Shah Zalmay Khan (@PTI_FATA).

If you ever happen to talk to a PMLN supporter about politics & developing Pakistan into a modern prosperous & forward-looking state; 110% chances are that he / she will start and end the argument by saying:
Look, at least we are better than the PPP and 'our' Mian Saheb has delivered many things e.g.
  • Mian Saheb ne Atom Bum ka dhamaka kiya. (Bum is what they say, frankly :P)
  • Mian Saheb ne Motorway banai.
  • Mian Saheb Telecommunication / Information Technology revolution laaye.
  • Mian Saheb ne Economy me Pakistan ko Asian Tiger banaya.
For 2 decades, this was the sole 'assets pack' of PMLN. Lately, however, the rhetoric has found three more one-liners;
  • Mian Saheb ne Metro Bus banayee.
  • Mian Saheb ne Laptop diye.
  • Mian Saheb ne Danish Schools banaye.
Once a PMLN supporter is done with these one-liners, he / she gives you this contented look of a revolutionary - Hum se bach ke kahan jaoge Ustad? Vote Mian Saheb ka pakka?
Many a times, the average non-Nooner gets bluffed & discussion is over. PMLN has been making the nation April Fool over these 'achievements' for decades now.
Not any more.
Lets deconstruct this 'We delivered' myth - yes myth - of PMLN (largely created through a 'sympathetic' media campaign). Each point, one by one.
Atom Bum    (:P)
Pakistan's nuclear program, by the way of credit, can be divided among 4 different regimes.
  • Nuclear Weapons program in Pakistan was founded under Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto in 1970s. The initial difficult work was done in his era. (30% credit)
  • The program matured under General Zia's rule in 1970s-1980s and cold tests were done as early as 1983. Also F-16 Aircraft, capable of delivering the nukes were obtained. (50% credit)
  • Missile delivery systems for nukes were initiated in 1989-1990 under Benazir Bhutto. Also the program took its final shape. (15% credit)
  • Nuclear bomb was finally tested during Nawaz Sharif's tenure in 1998, in the wake of Indian explosions remember. Dr. A. Q Khan and PMLN leader (again) Gohar Ayub Khan are on record having said that Nawaz didn't actually want to test the bomb and it took a serious push & letters on part of the revered scientist and severe public pressure to force Nawaz into going for it. (5% credit)
So basically Mian Saheb's credit in the nuclear bum dhamaka is a meagre 5%.  
Motorway is not a single project but a series of projects (M-1 to M-4) that were started & commissioned in different governments. Details are as follows:
  • M-2 (Lahore - Islamabad Section): It was started in late 1992 by Nawaz Sharif, however, just 7-8 months later his govt was dismissed on charges of corruption. The project was continued by Benazir govt and was almost complete by 1996 (when BB's govt was dismissed). In 1997, Nawaz Sharif commissioned the project. So basically 80% of M-2 was built during BB's tenure.
  • M-1 (Islamabad - Peshawar Section): It was started during General Musharraf's tenure and also commissioned in same period. (100% Musharraf credit. No credit to Nawaz)
  • M-3 (Pindi Bhattian - Faisalabad Section): The project started & commissioned during General Musharraf's tenure.  (100% Musharraf credit. No credit to Nawaz)
  • M-4 Motorway (Faisalabad - Multan Section): Started during current Zardari tenure. Under progress. (100% Zardari credit. No credit to Nawaz).
So basically, out of the whole Motorway system, Mian Saheb can claim only 20% credit for just one section i.e. M-2 (that also with $140 million corruption, as pointed out in Raymond Baker's famous book on dirty money). He has no contribution to other sections.
Telecommunications / Information Technology Revolution:
The first serious step towards telecom sector reforms was taken by BB Govt (and not PMLN, as claimed). This was in the form of Telecom Ordnance (1994) creating PTA, Pakistan's first independent telecom regulator. Even after that the monopoly of PTCL continued and telecom density at the end of PMLN govt in 1999 was 1.9 %.

It was not until 2000-2001 (Musharraf era) when Telecom / ICT industry actually gained a boom due to the liberalized policies of the then govt. There was no looking back after that and Pakistan has reached a staggering 71 % telecom density as of Jan 2013.
None of this is on credit of Mr Nawaz Sharif, sorry for Nooners. (0% credit)
Economic Asian Tiger:
Lets not bicker much on the nitty gritties and see this simple benchmark of GDP growth (from Pakistan Bureau of Statistics) depicting economic growth from 1951 to 2009.
As can be seen, the highest the GDP growth went during any year of PMLN's two tenures is 4.37% with the classic dip of 1.7% in 1999-2000 (Asian Tiger peak :P). This bad economic performance is second only to the current Zardari Govt's tenure (what a competition to have BTW).

Coupled to this, the investor-killer episode of freezing foregn currency accounts in 1998 (after laundering own & cronies' dollars first), is the shining milestone of PMLN economic performance.
Now coming to the current PMLN Punjab Govt's economic disaster (can't be called performance). Punjab's annual average growth rate of 2.5% between 2007 and 2011 was even less than the 3.4% of Federal Govt, according to a report by Beacon House University's Institute of Public Policy (foreword written by PMLN's supposed economy genie Sartaj Aziz).
Metro Bus:
A project concieved & implemented in a hurry (11 months period) in response to PTI's massive 30 Oct 2011 Jalsa, Metro Bus System is a classic example of throwing away taxpayer money for political gains. A heavily subsidized system - with a reported nearly Rs 1 million per day subsidy from the national exchequer - this project is nothing but another public sector white elephant like the ailing PIA, Railway or WAPDA. (One blogger even called it Matru ki Bijli ka Mann Dola Part 2 :P).
The system has many hidden facts that will only be known with time (e.g. the promise of 100 buses supposedly to be gifted by Turkish Govt, that never materialized).
Now some may say, well the PMLN have at least built something visible on the ground. My friends that is what the Sharifs wanted from the project - something visible on the ground (feasibility, need, implementation, practicability are not points of concern). The only thing that matters is 'something should be visible' (to make the public fools). Thats all.
The free laptops initiative is yet another political showpiece in response to 30 Oct PTI Jalsa to lure the youth voters (why no laptops before 30 Oct?). It is simply criminal for a govt to spend nearly Rs 5 Billion on this political gimmick when, according to reputed NGO 'Save The Children', the same govt spent 15 paisas per child on education in 2011-12. The criminal part is that since funds for laptops were not catered for in 2011-12 budget so funds were diverted from schools education head for the political gimmickery. 
The sorry state of affairs drew the ire of highest judicial offices with CJ Iftikhar Chaudhry remarking "Punjab govt spending billions on laptops but girls are compelled to study in graveyards" and LHC Chief Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed expressing his displeasure over not providing free education to kids when billions were being spent on laptops.
Couple to this the millions spent on lavish laptop distribution ceremonies where Sharif family members like Maryam Nawaz and Nawaz Sharif (with no official position) distributed govt funded laptops. Where are ethics?
Danish Schools:
Danish schools are yet another politically motivated showpiece step diverting funds meant for millions of kids to a few thousand students in the fully subsidized schools. Whats the point of throwing away so much money when 5700 govt schools have been closed due to lack of funding?
Coming to performance in education sector Punjab's state of education actually went down. As pointed out by Pakistan Bureau of Statistics, literacy rate & school enrollment actually declined in Punjab since 2008.
According to Planning Commission's Annual Status of Education Report (ASER) 2011:
  • 3.8 million Children from the age group 5-9 years are out of school in Punjab.
  • 22% of children in Punjab at age 5 are not registered in any school facility.
  • 3-5 age group 49% were un-enrolled. Girls were 55%.
  • 6-10yrs: 11% are out of school in Punjab (Of this the dropout rate is 2% while 9% have never joined school).
  • 6-16yrs: 16% (9% never enrolled and 7% dropped out). Among the Out of School Children (OOSC), (6-16yrs) 55% are girls.
  • Rajanpur and Lodhran have the maximum number of Put of School Children (6-16yrs), 38% and 30% respectively.

The Annual Status of Education Report (ASER) 2011, further provides the status of schools in Punjab:
  • 30% are without useable toilets
  • 20% are without useable water.
  • 24% are without a boundary wall
  • D.G. Khan, Rawalpindi, RahimYar Khan and Bahawalnagar have at least 300 schools in their districts without drinking water
  • In 30/36 districts, at least 100 schools are without a toilet. Worst examples: D.G.Khan with 674 schools, Bahawalnagar with 592 and Rawalpindi with 506 without toilets 
With this shameful state of education, can spending billions on political gimmicks for media hype be justified?
Apart from the above core 'we delivered lines', some Nooners also lay claim to few other projects. Chief among them are
With this article I hope, we can see how PMLN's myth of 'We Delivered' (on media) is only a myth - More talk, Less substance. So Insafians, next time a Nooner comes up with the crammed one-liners, do give him / her a good run :).
The writer is a tribesman from Bajaur Agency (FATA) and tweets at @PTI_FATA (Just a volunteer; no official association with PTI)

Disclaimer: This blog is not an official PTI webpage and is run by a group of volunteers having no official position in PTI. All posts are personal opinions of the bloggers and should, in no way, be taken as official PTI word.
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"Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf FATA Volunteers" Team.


  1. Thanks buddy for collecting and reporting facts. These will definitely help us :)

  2. You have done quit a brilliant work. Appreciated

  3. Very nice work, no we need to work that this is known to all who support PMLN.

  4. Awesome job. Will highly appreciate if you can make a video of slides or something like that...that would help the outreach to wider audience

  5. i am actually not a fan of Musharraf or PP but Wow,, most of the work has been done in Musharraf and PP's tenure, they should be giving a credit for all these, i wish, i pray and i hope that PTI or any other party coming into power will do better for Pakistan and People of Pakistan

  6. wonderful effort .... May Allah open the eyes of these Nooras ...

  7. About the So called development Policies of PMLN

  8. I really liked your analysis ... highly original and thought provoking.
    However, love the date you picked to publish it, though :D

    1. They are making Pakistanis April Fool since 20 years obver these 'feats'. Thank God you spotted :)

  9. Good dffort, here i want to add something for the author and the public.
    Wen pak was under pressure after indian nuclear attacks. Sheikh zayed bin sultanfom uae
    Called the prime minister of pak noora and assured him all out support or pakistan in that
    he offered free oil supply for pak petroleam needs and immediately released 360 million
    us dollars as a token money and tried to convince the premier that he should go for nuclear
    360 million dollars were recieved in paper transactions and straight away transferred to the
    Banks of uk.
    Innocent pakistani people are unaware of this fact that the financial asst for the people of pakistan ultimately helped nooras to develop their business in uk
    May Allah help pak and its people from looters ameen.

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    M-1 (Islamabad - Peshawar Section): It was started during General Musharraf's tenure and also commissioned in same period. (100% Musharraf credit. No credit to Nawaz)

    NOT TRUE...

    This project was awarded to Turkush firm by Nawaz Shareef. Benizer government cancel it , Turkish firm goes in court and win case. So government of Pakistan has to complete this project.

  12. write one more blog about the disasters this country has seen becoz of nawaz sharif 1-ISI pupit, 2-Dollar Devalue 3-Loan Defaulters and forgiving 4-failed and defaulter Yellow texi and cng buses 5- supreme cout attack 6-drawing room politics buying MNAs and MPAs during 1990s lotaism and nooraism 7-freezing of forign currency accounts 8-kargil disgrace.

  13. Not a very good article . it is proving PPP is better than PML N just for the benefit of PTI. Wrong method used and useless discussion

  14. Only one thing, the author is a stupid person :P

    The election will decide who is corrupt and who is not, just wait and watch

  15. Wow."the election will decide who is corrupt and who is not, just wait and watch" what great logic used by anonymouse. Akheer hi koi baiwakoof hai. Did the elections in 2008 decide that zardari was not corrupt and a very honest man?

  16. Good work guys.. keep it up pls

  17. comments removed ! LOL

  18. Bullshit Article and bullshit facts! one thing the stupid author accepts himself is that all these projects are started by Nawaz Sharif, so the real credit goes to him for letting the later fools completing it. Another fake news is that Atomic research was never founded by Bhutto, for most of you young fools first Atomic power plant was established in Pakistan in 1952. Till then the research continued but no one knew how to assemble the parts of Atomic bomb. Its was Army who supported this whole program and forced Bhutto as well to continue this program! No one can take credit for it accept Army! Besides Mr Imran Khan has done nothing for this country except making a Hospital by collecting Aid from all over the world. He got the land for Shaukat Khanum from Mian Nawaz Sharif then PM. Sharif brothers gave a lot of donation and moral support to IK to raise funds for this charity project. So This Hospital is purely build by people not IK. besides after 15 years what else this man has been able to achieve??? He could have made atleast 5-6 hospitals till now but wasted millions on bullshit propaganda against N league! Today the Pashtoons are very fond of him but read the interview in News Week by Mr Khan in which he clearly stated that Pashtoons are easily sold and even can handover Osama bin Laden for money? dont forget he is Niazi and Niazi's are very good at laying their weapons! This hypocritical jewish agent will never be successful and this god has shown already! He is nothing but a sold puppet of Zardari and Musharaf.

  19. Critics say about IK in west decide what side you are on? He doesn’t know what he is talking about. He cannot run with the Taliban and disco in London at the same time. Daily Times editorial, Saturday, June 27, 2009
    Bloody fraud see his parties and girls when he visited India! Ask Indians what he think of this fake Hero! You people are just emotional donkeys. Jan Sher Khan won the most world titles so accept him as PM as well he more likely to get credit then foolish IK. A Prime example of look busy do nothing! Ask him why he kept his ass silent over Altaf Hussain since last 3 years??? Why MQM send their workers to attend his Karachi Jalsa?? He is nothing but a betrayal and traitor! just Hungary for power with any shortcut! Allah has shown him the face down, too proud at his last days of Political rallies! but we know our fools will not understand till they get bloody deceived! so keep on dreaming in a fools world!

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  22. I have seen their live debates a lot of times on Hd Live TV Channels , in which they have made a lot of statement in favor of the nation, but it seems that after getting the command of country, they are doing well and raising their reputation.

  23. These articles not going to take you anywhere perform and show PMLN supporters that we are better, whoever you support or paid by whom you don’t love Pakistan. In coming 10 years i don’t see any other government in Pakistan other that N league the way the drastically taking things positively. If PTI want retain/sustain their support they have to show that KPK is the best choice to live in Pakistan because Khan announced before elections they will eradicate corruption i seven days etc those were hilarious could not handle even his own cabina. Anyhow Pakistan Zindabad we should support whoever contribute to the wellbeing of Pakistan