He has been in the news this year, that’s for sure, but not for much of it. Because before he ascended to one of the most powerful jobs in the country, Sardar Usman Buzdar was little known outside of his native Taunsa Sharif.
According to the Imran Khan, that is exactly why he selected the man. The argument goes that since he is from a backwards, underdeveloped area, (doesn’t even have electricity in his own home as the PTI never fails to remind) he will know the problems of the common man. Problem is, it has been a hard sell.
At first he was the stop gap. Then he turned into the robot, being controlled sometimes by certain disqualified person, and other times by the Governor, the assembly speaker or even his own ministers. As The Dependent, this paper’s satirical sister publication quipped back in November, “Centre of power CM Buzdar asks party leadership if he could finally visit Lahore Zoo this Sunday.”
The Chief Minister of Punjab is a job for an ambitious man. It has been held by many savvy politicians with an able administrative hand. From Mian Shehbaz Sharif to Mian Nawaz to Ghulam Ahmed Wayne, Manzoor Wattoo and Chaudhry Pervez Elahi – it is an illustrious list,and Buzdar muddies the waters just a little.
That said, the man has displayed an unusual calm in the face of all the criticism he has had to face. Whether that is composure or incapacity to respond is yet to be seen. But a better man in such a powerful position, empowered or not, might have snapped at the media scepticism by now. And RC or not, Buzdar seems here to stay, the face of nayya Punjab.