Private sector hesitant to obey outgoing govt

February 21, 2013 - 6:55:29 am

PESHAWAR: With less than one month remaining before the sitting coalition government’s five-year constitutional term ends, an atmosphere of caution and reluctance is all pervasive in the provincial officialdom of Pakistan.

Bureaucracies of private sector development organisations and their international donors have also switched on ‘the go slow button’ to avoid complications.

The management of a private sector entity that is executing a foreign-funded multi-million euro project in northern districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has slowed down implementation of its project plans, risking falling behind the deadline. 

The result could be delay in the project.

The organisation is waiting for an interim set-up to come in. Its current policy is that of ‘wait and see’ as the outgoing rulers are exerting pressure to get their supporters accommodated against several of the low-cadre project posts and in smaller business entities that would emerge.

According to a member of the ruling party in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly, the provincial bureaucracy has been extra cautious for the past six months.

In an era of judicial activism, things have become more difficult for many in the provincial bureaucracy.

Apart from discharging their day-to-day official duties, some of them have to appear before Peshawar High Court regularly in connection with a number of important cases that involve the provincial government at the receiving end.