PML-N has become mature enough in last 11 years. Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has played a commendable role in the development of Punjab province. It is imperative for the PML-N to broaden their horizon and join hands with other smaller parties who can win significant number of seats. PML-N alone cannot win against PPP and their allies.
Pakistan needs political stability because it is facing numerous security challenges to its existence. There is instability and turmoil in FATA; drone strikes are inexorable, fueling an unending war in the tribal belt; cross-border raids have also caused huge damages; and target killing in Karachi has played havoc with the peace and stability of the economic hub of Pakistan. Only a politically-stable government can save Pakistan.
Security situation in Balochistan is also getting worse day by. We need a political solution in Balochistan because with the use of force, we can never resolve this issue. There is dramatic surge in kidnapping for ransom, street crimes, and bank robberies in every nook and corner of Pakistan.
Political instability has added duel to fire. Apart from all these internal matters, our relations with America, Afghanistan, India and Iran are also not convivial. Pak-US relations are at their lowest ebb since 2011. America and its allies are planning a withdrawal from Afghanistan, but we don’t have any political strategy to cope up with these emerging challenges in the neighborhood.
At this moment, Pakistan needs political stability at home -- only then can Pakistan face internal and external challenges. A step towards political stability would be free and fair elections in 2013 under the supervision of independent election commissioner, sovereign judiciary, and free, independent & impartial media.
Whosoever wins elections in 2013, other parties must accept the mandate of the people, support the winning party and work together for the peace and stability of Pakistan. New government must focus on energy projects on priority basis. Pakistan must also invest in renewable energy sources like wind, coal, solar, and thermal power, because in near future, dependency on oil will become a nuisance for already ailing economy, and fate of gas pipelines from Iran and Central Asia is also uncertain due to geo-political compulsions.
It is advisable for the next government to mend its ties with the neighboring countries including India, Iran and Afghanistan. Policy of confrontation has to be changed with the policy of cooperation for mutual benefit. Pakistan needs tax reforms at a large scale; it is necessary to bring more people into the tax net to increase the income of the state.
Pakistan’s major issue is corruption; whosoever comes in power must take some concrete steps to eradicate this menace from society. There is a need of free and fair National Accountability Bureau, and anti-corruption department in Pakistan. Only then can we overcome this nuisance. Next elections will decide the fate of Pakistan and it is expected that Pakistan will emerge as a vibrant nation after general elections-2013.