A survey conducted by a civil society organisation in Punjab says that the six-month performance of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) government had caused widespread despondency among the people.
Pattan Development Organisation, working on governance monitoring and human rights issues, made the survey public on Tuesday saying that 93 per cent out of the total 4,339 males and females interviewed were disappointed by the PML-N’s way of governance in the country.
The opinion poll also shows that majority of the people appear to be comfortable with traditional institutions like Punchayat, biradri system in case of a trouble.
Of the total respondents 58 percent were male and 42 per cent female. As far as rural-urban coverage is concerned, roughly about 50 per cent respondents belonged to rural/semi rural and 50 per cent urban/peri-urban localities.
The survey shows that majority of the respondents were dissatisfied with performance of health, education, WAPDA and police departments.
A significant number of PML-N voters were not able to mention a single policy of the government that could benefit public at large.
“Perhaps because of this, about 60 percent respondents were found dissatisfied with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s performance, while 52 per cent from the Punjab Chief Minister’s governance,” National Coordinator Pattan Sarwar Bari said.
The survey said that 93 per cent of votes cast for PML-N were in Punjab adding that even workers of the ruling party were worried about the future of the country.
“This is a very serious matter. The government must wake up to the widespread despondency,” he added.
The survey suggested that the government and political leadership must act with profound political will to build hope in the country.
“In our view, this is only possible when state institutions start performing according to the law and rules of the country,” it observed.
With a slight difference between male and female respondents almost half of them appear to be worried about Pakistan’s future.
While about one-fourth of the respondents said they were not hopeful at all of their own and family future.
Based on the survey, the civil society organisation said economy would take time to grow, but provision of social justice, effective delivery of services and implementation of labour laws did not need extra funds that will improve confidence and trust of the public in the government.