The Panama Verdict is finally out and the larger bench of Supreme Court has disqualified the sitting Prime Minister of Pakistan, Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif. The judiciary has set a historical precedent with its decision but that begs the question; What’s Next?
The PML-N government since coming to power in 2013 had started many projects to boost technology and its advancement in Pakistan but the oncoming political instability could prove to be a hindrance in its completion. Let’s review what will happen to technology in Pakistan now:
Minister of It and Telecommunications, Anusha Rahman, has previously revealed that the government is establishing a state of the art IT Park in Islamabad with the help of loan secured from the South Korean bank.
The project is set to be completed in 2020 but looking at the history of the country, we hardly see many completed projects especially after a change in the sitting government.
Minister of IT was seen numerous times in the media defending the Prime Minister and his vision and now with him out of the picture, will this project survive?
The government introduced the highly controversial cybercrime law in 2016 and throughout the case, we have seen many instances when the voices of the opposing parties and their workers were forced to be silent even for a while under the threat of this law.
Even with all the influence of the government, the social media users couldn’t be stopped and there were an all rounder heated debates among Pakistanis with varying views regarding the Panama Verdict.
Social media has become a force to be reckoned with in the country and would the coming cabinet will try to tame this roaring giant, only time will tell.
Laptop scheme has been one of the much contentious schemes by the Government of Pakistan, where the PM has distributed hundreds of laptops among deserving students. Now that the Supreme Court has disqualified Nawaz Sharif, will this scheme prevail?
Anusha Rahman has previously stated that Pakistan will be the first South Asian country to test the 5G technology. We have already witnessed the introduction of 3G/4G technology in Pakistan that has boosted the mobile broadband subscription in the country.
Miniter of IT directed PTA to introduce Regulatory Framework for Testing 5G in Pakistan but now with the government in shambles, will we see the deployment of 5G in Pakistan?
ICT for Girls
ICT for Girls is one of the flagship projects by the Ministry of IT, where the government is helping the girls by providing computer labs and technology education.
This project is being run in collaboration with Microsoft which would help the students by imparting technical training skills including coding and cloud computing etc.
Will the collaboration fall through or there is a solid mechanism in place to keep this project running without any hindrance, it is still unknown.
Startups and Incubators
For the past few years, we have witnessed an increase in incubator centers across the country. In Punjab, we have seen the 10th Launchpad of Plan 9 a few days ago and the establishment of National Incubation Center in collaboration Jazz.
The startup culture has started to flourish in Pakistan, where many people are opting to start their own business rather than being tied down to a single job.
Panama Verdict directs NAB to file the reference against Nawaz and Shahbaz Sharif, but will it lead to the doom of these initiatives or they will keep on working come heaven or hell?