Worthy Readers! September edition of Melange International Magazine is in your hands. The edition is focused on the progress of Pakistan Tehreek e Insaf (PTI) towards the achievement of 100-Day agenda and the upcoming 73rd Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 73); both the pertain to the everyday life of common man in Pakistan and the world simultaneously. In May this year, then chairman Pakistan Tehreek e Insaf (PTI) and current Prime Minister Imran Khan unveiled an ambitious agenda for first 100 days of his government. Exuding too much optimism and confidence, ambitious agenda outlined the party’s commitments for starting work within the first 100 days of forming its government after the 2018 general elections. The salient features of the agenda were expeditious merger of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, bifurcation of Punjab province and reconciliation with estranged Baloch leaders.
In July, PTI finance minister Asad Umar said that government would take tough decisions within the first 100 Days to change the decadent policies, stabalise the economy while laying emphasis on improvements in governance and service delivery, by depoliticizing bureaucracy. In September, three weeks after assuming power, senior leadership of the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) reviewed the country’s political and economic situation and resolved to take some tough decisions in the coming days after evaluating the possibility of a strong public reaction. Although there is a groundswell of support for the PTI, especially amongst the youth, large chunks of the population remain estranged. If the country has to have a realistic shot at tackling the multiple challenges that it faces, this fragmentation must be overcome. No effort must be foregone by the PTI to reach out to the other parties, and create a spirit of coming together to build the country.
Similarly, the upcoming 73rd Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 73) is very crucial because of a significant theme ‘Making the United Nations Relevant to All People: Global Leadership and Shared Responsibilities for Peaceful, Equitable and Sustainable Societies.’ In her opening statement to UNGA 73, UNGA 73 President Maria Fernanda Espinosa Garces will outline seven priority themes for the session, to: promote gender equality; promote and implement new global compacts on migration and refugees; highlight innovative thinking around the future of work; effort to protect the environment, particularly plastics pollution; raise awareness on persons with disabilities; implement the reform of the UN system; and promote peace. On Monday, 24 September, the UNGA will hold a high-level plenary meeting on global peace in honor of the centenary of the birth of Nelson Mandela, known as the Nelson Mandela Peace Summit. The plenary will adopt a political declaration negotiated by Member States.
Published in Melange Intl. Magazine September 2018.