Assertive and proactive, Abbasi makes his presence felt

Till a few weeks ago no one would have thought that the PML-N would be able to find a replacement for Nawaz Sharif, the deposed prime minister.

But this seems to be happening now. Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi is making his presence felt since assuming office on August 1.

The change of command at the top level has caused a visible shift in the pattern of governance – from being apparently passive to proactive.

Abbasi is holding marathon meetings these days to get familiar with the issues related to governance. From chairing early morning huddles of his kitchen cabinet to late night meetings with government officials, party lawmakers and supporters, Abbasi is acquiring the role of an assertive and authoritative PM.

Those assigned important responsibilities in the federal government realise a visible change in the style of governance adopted by Abbasi as against Sharif, his predecessor.

Unlike Sharif, who followed a ‘go easy’ approach in dealing with official and political matters, Abbasi seems to have adopted a proactive and aggressive approach.

Reportedly, the government officials, including powerful ministers and bureaucrats, are called at the PM Office for regular briefings on official matters and are critically questioned about their performance and functioning of their respective departments.

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