“Those who were raising the slogans of ‘Naya Pakistan’ had given broken roads and poor health and education facilities to the people

of Khyber Pakhutnkhwa”

–Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif,

Bannu, May 4, 2016.

In a bid to turn the tide of negative publicity after the Panama leaks, the Prime Minister has decided to hit out at the PTI government in Khyber Pakhtunkhawa in election campaign style rallies. His major claim; KP has been unable to deliver on key governance standards – especially when compared to the PML-N’s performance. Is the claim fact or fiction?

In the absence of comprehensive performance benchmarks we turn to the Public Opinion Survey 2015 conducted by Pakistan Institute of Legislative Development and Transparency (PILDAT), which asked a large sample of Pakistani citizens to rate government performance at their respective provincial level, and federal level. The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Government has emerged as the clear front-runner with positive evaluation on 18 out of 28 Governance Indicators, followed by the Government of Punjab, positively evaluated on 8 out of 28 Governance Indicators. Talking specifically about the areas the Prime Minister mentioned in Bannu; in Healthcare KP leads with 75% compared to Punjab’s 60%; in Education KP leads 75% to 60%. Punjab only fares better when it comes to infrastructure, with positive ratings in Public Transport and Developmental Projects compared to KP.

Verdict: according to the people – fiction.