Nawaz Sharif foreseen to win 2018 polls: report

Published: January 14, 2017

ISLAMABAD: In recognition of the efforts by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s government to deliver on governance, economic reforms and particularly security, analysts foresee even a bigger majority for the ruling PML-N in 2018 elections.

According to a report published in Nikkei Asian Review, an English-language business journal, Pakistan had recently witnessed significant improvements in its infrastructure and energy sectors, helped in part by the downward trend in oil prices.

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In August, the country completed the IMF’s Extended Fund Facility programme, which provided $6.4 billion in financial aid over three years on condition the country undertakes certain reforms, including fiscal austerity and privatization measures.

Macroeconomic indexes were up across the board, and relations with the US and the wider international community had improved.

It said the public order, which had long plagued the entire country, was normalising thanks to the military’s anti- terrorism campaign.

For fiscal 2017, the country was confidently projecting growth above five per cent. The consumer price index, which for a time saw double-digit annual growth, fell to 2.9 per cent on average in fiscal 2016. The government’s annual deficit had fallen from 8.2 per cent in fiscal 2013 to 4.6 per cent of GDP.

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Under Nawaz, the Asian Review said the ruling PML-N had focused on building infrastructure and public transportation systems. It had also made certain progress, mainly in its stronghold of Punjab, developing agricultural areas and addressing unemployment.

Published in The Express Tribune, January 14th, 2017.

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  • Haji Atiya
    Jan 14, 2017 - 12:22PM

    None of these so-called reforms and progress are evident in and around Karachi, the commercial and financial hub of the country. If the PM wants to play the mayor of Lahore that’s one thing, but one expects a much more holistic and systemwide approach to the entire nation. What’s more, one questions whether CPEC will be the panacea its made out to be, as per the astute observations of Dr Bengali and other experts.Recommend

  • Adnan Siddiqi
    Jan 14, 2017 - 12:59PM


  • Lumdheeng
    Jan 14, 2017 - 2:43PM

    Economic reforms by taking massive loans and according to Imran Khan many of the projects are still.unfinished understanding Nawaz Sharif government.Recommend

  • Zain ul Abideen
    Jan 14, 2017 - 5:21PM

    A badly researched poll published in haste. Unemployment has risen in Punjab at a very high rate. The frequent protests by farmers show the worst shape of agricultural sector in decades. All gains have been made in infrastructure where vote centric projects have been delivered. The energy crisis is still an issue followed by gas shortages which has crippled the industry in Punjab.Recommend

  • Rebirth
    Jan 14, 2017 - 6:42PM

    Whatever the case or future, potential outcome, the country cannot head towards a one-party system. Another party, which in this case is the PTI, must be strengthened slightly more to provide an ‘alternate’ for the people who don’t necessarily identify with N-league. Otherwise, many will feel disenfranchised and ignored, leading to unrest. Recommend

  • Zahid
    Jan 14, 2017 - 7:03PM

    During Nawaz watch, Karachi has lowest crime, electricity load shedding has decreased, infrastructure and roads have increased at least in Punjab, Gilgit Baltistan and in Balochistan. KPK roads are in shambles also mostly in Sindh. The biggest vote bank is Punjab that PMLN will probably sweep. Article has a fair reflection of ground realities irrespective of distractor’s wishes otherwise. Performance not complaints command votes.Recommend

  • Saad
    Jan 15, 2017 - 10:07AM

    @Adnan Siddiqi:
    Pmln will win again In sha Allah Recommend

  • Ali
    Apr 29, 2017 - 11:07AM

    ONLY pml n will get through in 2018 election.
    All trolling parties will meet their end..Recommend

  • Ali
    Apr 29, 2017 - 11:12AM

    Only PML – N is last hope and will get through in 2018 Elections.
    Though Other parties are striving hard to cover the Gap but they all have failed to provide a better solution for issues our country is facing currently.Recommend

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