It's not cynical it's realistic. The first step towards improvement is to understand your own weaknesses...I would recommend that you read up on the news of the auto development policy so that things will be clear to you. The Auto Industry Development Policy has been pending since 2012. I don't want to make any political statements on this forum but the government is unable to formulate a policy even after three years. Check the news the ECC committee headed by Finance Minister meets after some time simply to defer approval of the auto policy again and again. The policy itself is questionable and has been formulated by top brass of current ruling party with heavy influence from existing assemblers (and none from consumers).
Furthermore the initial draft of the auto policy included a proposal for mandatory model replacements after 10 years to modernize the local industry and get rid of obsolete inefficient and unsafe technology based 1980s era cars like Mehran, Bolan, Ravi, and Cultus. However at the cost of consumer the current government (like all previous ones) removed this condition.
..consumer rights are being violated every step of the day by all governments so far. Full support has been given to PakSuzuki after government gave it a contract for 30,000 obsolete vehicles without even considering FAW which was providing relatively modern vehicles at lower costs. Even if they had to go for such huge amount of vehicles such a huge contract could have included a mandatory replacement.
Mandatory Safety standards - airbags, immobilizer, are also not being included in policy to favor Japanese assemblers.
One has to be realistic no decision has been taken by any new player. New players are interested - Volkswagen, General Motors, Nissan but the government is not agreeing to their demands so far and keeping a pro existing Japanese assemblers policy. Paksuzuki and other two assemblers have heavy influence. The three potential entrants have been in communication with government of Pakistan for some time now and have repeatedly asked government to give some incentives to them to invest in Pakistan. The government itself accepts that the industry is working like a cartel and Paksuzuki has total monopoly in small car segment but it does not do anything about it. When it actually comes to making a difference nobody is willing to take a stand for consumers.
Japanese Ambassador has even gone up to PM level to ensure entry of new assemblers is blocked so that existing three assemblers can make profits and send them back to Japan without investing in new technology.
The current policy is anti-consumer/anti-pakistan and pro-japanese.
How to tackle challenges: New auto policy ?€“ no change on horizon - The Express Tribune
Big 3 Continue To Influence The Auto Policy - Ban On Production Of 10 Years Old Models Off The Table - PakWheels Blog
Oh yes also extent of influence of Japanese lobby on Pakistan's policy goes to the extent that even in used car imports there is higher duty on "NON-ASIAN" makes (source FBR import rules) so that Japan remains a top import source instead of Europe or the US...now u see things are not that simple.
Even Competition Commission Pakistan, State Bank of Pakistan, and WTO recognize that the industry is acting in violation of consumer rights. However, unfortunately, polices are being made without keeping consumer interests in mind. There are also no vehicle exports from Pakistan.
Even if there is some macroeconomic stability (due to decline in oil prices worldwide and improved security in the country) and the total volume of cars sold and produced is doubled in the next year there will be no change until and unless there are policies in place which protect consumer interests.
The only solution is if there are policies that focus on creation of strong competition(among assemblers), exports, safety/quality standards, and modern vehicles for consumers. (not 1980s obsolete trash)