Is there any truth to PTI, PML-N, PPP’s claims in electoral ad campaigns?


It’s election fever in Pakistan and political parties are rolling out advertisements on national media, extolling their performance in the past five years.

Some parts of this ‘self-praise’ are evidently untrue. Pakistan Today cuts through the ‘self-absorption’ for its readers.

Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N)

In this video, former Punjab chief minister (CM) and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz President Shehbaz Sharif claims that he will end the power shortfall. However, the Interim Power Minister Barrister Ali Zafar informed the Senate that the country’s power generation capacity was 18,000 MW and not the installed capacity of 21,000 MW because several projects are not working properly.

He said, “The last government had only concentrated on the generation of power and did not pay heed to enhance transmission capacity.”

Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP)

There are several claims that Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto makes in this video.

He says that the PPP-led government has built 2,000 water cleaning projects. On the other hand, a report submitted by the water commission to the Supreme Court (SC) says, “Out of 336 potable water samples collected from various areas of Sindh, 251 were found unsafe and only 85 were safe for human consumption.” This means that almost 80 per cent of Sindh’s population is drinking water unsafe for human consumption.

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI)

In this electoral campaign video, PTI Chairman Imran Khan claims that once he ascends to power he will end corruption and empower institutions.

However, the PTI-led government in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) was unable to strengthen the provincial accountability commission allegedly because it had raised accusations against the then KP chief minister Pervez Khattak.

Moreover, the Peshawar High Court (PHC) on Wednesday ordered the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) to investigate the Peshawar Bus Rapid Transit Corridor (BRT) Project, terming it “shady and shaky”.