The nomination of Sardar Usman Buzdar as the Chief Administrator of the largest province of Pakistan had come as a surprise for all. As anticipated, opposition dispelled a lot of hues and cry on the appointment; but to the amazement of many, some factions from the ruling party were also not appeased. CM Punjab Sardar Usman Buzdar, who hailed from the most devastated part of Punjab – South Punjab – had remained Member of Provincial Assembly (MPA) in the past and his father was also an influential political person in the vicinity.
If we analyze the responses of opposition on this whole matter, the two main pieces of criticism take the highlight. One is that Usman Buzdar is a weak administrator; hence, takes constant dictations from the powerful persons of the party. Second, is that Usman Buzdar doesn’t have any prior experience to run such a large province. If we disintegrate both censures one by one, to former we can say, that every chief minister in the past always had a group of cronies around him, from whom he sought assistance in important provincial matters. It is very easy to manipulate the word ‘assistance’ by replacing it with ‘dictation’.
Moreover, principally there is nothing wrong with asking for expert opinions of some of the senior party leaders. Furthermore, in his speeches and press conferences, the Chief Minister has repeatedly reiterated the fact that he is focused on carrying on the vision of Imran Khan; that had been laid out distinctly before elections.
To the second, let us admit that to a certain extent, Shahbaz Sharif had maintained a mysterious pace in running the province; despite the fact, that on the ground level majority of the people remained deprived of the fruits of which was propagated on hasty media campaigns.
Sardar Usman Buzdar is a unique option because he hasn’t been in the limelight in the past, and simplicity has now become an indispensable trait of his personality. Therefore, rather than throwing billions of rupees on media campaigns to glorify his own personality as Shahbaz Sharif did, he is more focused on solving the real issues of people.
Moreover, South Punjab has always been neglected by respective regimes. A sense of depravity and frustration has been building in the inhabitants for years now. It is never a bad idea, to give them representation by appointing the person, who is one of their own and comprehends the real problems of people properly, as Chief Minister of the whole province. In this way, the government can mitigate the resentment being generated in people and can uplift the standards of livings by focusing on developmental works in that godforsaken area.
Governing Punjab is not an easy task, never has been, and Sardar Usman Buzdar has several challenges laying ahead of him. The future can be determined by the course taken in the present. It has been less than two years, and Punjab is in the right direction.