The government has worked very hard to eradicate poverty – Firdous Ashiq Awan

Federal Information Minister, Firdous Ashiq Awan has claimed that the present government of Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) is working very hard for the betterment of the masses in the country and it has made significant efforts to reduce poverty in Pakistan.

She was talking to the media after the address of President of Pakistan, Asif Ali Zardari, to the parliament.

One of the major challenges of Pakistan at the present moment is the Baluchistan issue. Majority of the Baloch’s were against General Parvaiz Musharaf because of the brutal killing of Nawab Akbar Bugti in 2004. However, the present provincial government
has turned out to be worse and has miserably failed to provide good governance in Baluchistan.

On the contrary, the Information Minister believes that the federal government has tried to solve the problems of the Baloch brothers. She once again gave credit to Zardari, who also happens to be the co-Chairman of the ruling party and said that the President
believes in negotiations and not the use of force.

She expressed, “It is the wisdom and sincerity of President Asif Ali Zardari who took initiatives to bringing angry Baloch into the negotiating table besides steps for the development of the province.”
Considering the ground realities of the country, these statements of the Information Minister are nothing more than ironic.

A number of political analysts and majority of the masses in the country are of the opinion that the present regime is the worst government ever witnessed in the 64-year-old history of Pakistan.

There have been numerous corruption scandals in last four years, the energy crisis has gone from bad to worse, which has resulted in huge unemployment and on top that, more and more people are falling under the line of poverty-line each year.

An ex-federal minister is currently in jail because of corruption in the Hajj-scandal, while evil practices have been proved on a number of ministers of the present cabinet. Yet, the Information Minister comes up with such a statement, which goes to show
that there is no value of truth in our society.

The ball is in the court of the people of Pakistan to elect better representatives in the upcoming general elections. If they do not do it this time, it may well be too late for the coming generations.