Categories: CommentEditorials

Reprehensible back-tracking

  • Credibility, image, merit go up in smoke

…And the only buoyed up ‘winner’ in the PTI’s abrupt about-face in first laudably appointing and then abruptly removing an internationally renowned economist who just happened to belong to a minority sect from the government’s consultative Economic Advisory Council will be the extremist mindset and its sympathisers in mainstream political parties and elsewhere in society. Impulsive and erratic behaviour has turned the incumbent ‘leader’ of the free world into a ridiculous figure, an absurdity even for allies, and dipped his US public approval ratings to 36 percent at last count in the first nineteen months of his presidency. Imran Khan has not been shy or unfamiliar with U-turns during his rise to power, but too many somersaults can dangerously dent his present popularity, leaving even President Trump behind in the disapproval stakes in a relatively short time. The lifelong international exposure, the youthful playboy image, the Oxford education, the legendary cricketer who jousted successfully with the best of them, the confidence of winning the World Cup, his immense power as the country’s elected prime minister, his emphasis on merit, all came to nought when the time came to exhibit some spine in the face of brazen bigotry by a misguided few who negate the first principles of the Quaid-e-Azam and the values of a civilised society which treats its minorities with equality and respect.

There has been almost universal condemnation on social media regarding the manner in which the whole affair was handled, or mishandled, leaving eminent economist Atif Mian in the lurch, but Imran’s personal reliability and integrity will also suffer a considerable blow as a consequence, while the already sullied human rights image of the country would be further scandalised at the global level. The excuses, explanations and evasions trotted out by the government fool no one, they smack of complete capitulation against the threat of violent street power. An apology to the eminent economist is in order, and one feels that despite being treated with scorn and derision, he would not refrain from offering his expertise and services freely to his former homeland, if earnestly requested in future.

Editorial

The Editorial Department of Pakistan Today can be contacted at: editorial@pakistantoday.com.pk.

Disqus Comments Loading...
Share
Published by
Editorial

Recent Posts

Kiani says govt to revamp health infrastructure

ISLAMABAD: Minister for National Health Services Regulations and Coordination Aamir Mehmood Kiani said that the government has planned to revamp the…

5 hours ago

PTI govt to improve education standards: Shafqat

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Education and Professional Training Shafqat Mehmood on Friday said that government was committed to resolve the different…

5 hours ago

Govt to address smog issue, Senate told

ISLAMABAD: Minister of State for Climate Change Zartaj Gul on Friday assured the Senate that the government would make all possible…

6 hours ago

The Dependent issue 93

https://issuu.com/abidoon/docs/td_issue_93

6 hours ago

British backpackers inspired by Pakistani food, heritage

ISLAMABAD: A three-member delegation of British Backpacker Society (BBS), who visited Badshahi Mosque Lahore on Friday, said it was an incredible…

6 hours ago

Reforms in bureaucracy on cards: info minister

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Fawad Chaudhry on Friday said the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government was bringing reforms…

6 hours ago