Sporadic spells of mis-governance in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa stands at a crossroads today. Its people are known for their political, education and civic sense

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) is a province known for educated populace, civic sense, and political acumen. But currently it faces a tough situation, due to persistent spells of mis-governance. KP has nurtured esteemed scholars, poets, and leaders who have contributed significantly in shaping Pakistani society. People here prioritize education and civic duty, and love to engage in political discourse. They expect a government that matches their aspirations for progress and stability. Yet, inconsistent Governance has riddled the province’s history. Despite its potential and urge of people for progress, KP has often been let down by the political leaders. The latest chapter is the current Administration led by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI).

Their Governance style has been chaotic packing real commitment to development. Progress in KP is often followed by neglect and mismanagement. This germinates a cycle of hope and despair. KP has suffered from many governance issues including inadequate infrastructure, poor law enforcement, and ineffective public services. Such issues have actually stymied its progress.

The PTI ruling in KP since 2013, came with promises of change and reforms that resonated with KP’s populace. However, the reality has been entirely different. The PTI’s governance style is often compared to the aggressive posturing of Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) that relies more on force than on making beneficial policies. High-profile announcements and media campaigns have resulted in an illusion of progress, the underlying issues however, remain unaddressed. This populist approach has failed to translate into tangible improvement on ground. Law and order remain critical area, where the PTI Government has faltered. Despite claims of better security, KP still suffers from frequent violence and instability. KP Government itself relies on force that does not address the root causes of militancy and crime. This approach by KP Government has proven ineffective and failed to bring lasting peace thus alienating sections of the population, who feel marginalized and targeted.

Economic development under the PTI has also been lackluster. KP has much potential in tourism, agriculture, and hydropower. But, KP Government focuses on short-term, popular measures and not on long-term sustained planning. Stalled projects and missed opportunities have exacerbated the province’s economic woes.

KP as a province deserves much better from its rulers. Good Governance is not about loud claims or political theatrics. It’s about policies that improve the average citizen’s life. Effective governance requires a focus on education, healthcare, infrastructure, and economic development. Investing in education and healthcare should have been a priority. While KP boasts a relatively high literacy rate, there exists a need for more schools, colleges, and universities to cater for the growing population. Similarly, improving healthcare facilities remain to be the key. Making those facilities more accessible is crucial for a healthy, educated population and sustainable development.

Infrastructure development is another critical area. Improved roads, transportation, and communication networks can greatly boost the economy besides improving the quality of life. The Government needs to focus on finishing ongoing projects. They also need to start new ones to drive growth. Economic policies should aim at creating jobs and improving livelihoods. This merits a shift from short-term populism to long-term planning. Encouraging investment in key sectors remains essential. Providing incentives for businesses and ensuring a good environment for economic activities are also needed.

KP stands at a crossroads today. Its people are known for their political, education and civic sense. They deserve a Government that matches their status and aspirations. The current PTI-led Administration has failed to deliver on its promises. Instead, it has resorted to hollow sloganeering, intimidation and use of force. For KP to improve, it needs sincere, wise, and committed rulers, who must focus on law and order, economic development, and public services. KP can only overcome the ongoing mis-governance spree through dedicated efforts. It can then achieve the prosperity its people deserve.


  1. Terror-patron Imran Khan and his PTI party are grand liability for Pakistan and threat to national security.


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