PTI’s manifesto

TITLED Road to Naya Pakistan, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan unveiled his party’s much-awaited manifesto on Monday vowing to turn Pakistan into an Islamic Welfare State if his party voted to power. Without an iota of exaggeration, the manifesto has all the ingredients to attract the voters. Addressing the media, the captain also explained in detail the key points of the manifesto especially those relating to reforms in different important institutions, making Pakistan business-friendly country and creating ten million jobs and providing five million low cost housing units.
For the last many years, Khan has consistently and emphatically been stressing upon bringing reforms in institutions such as NAB, FIA, Police and the FBR and now he has made these reforms part of his party’s manifesto. Indeed this is the way forward, if we really want to improve good governance, check corruption and leakages and restore the public trust and confidence on the institutions. Then, development of social sector especially education and health has always remained the priority of Khan and this is the reason we saw significant improvement in these two sectors in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa where the PTI’s remained in power over the last five years. Regardless of what his political opponents say about him in their public meetings, the fact of the matter is that the people in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa are very much satisfied with the performance of the PTI and this is also the reason that recent surveys carried out in Khyber- Pakhtunkhwa put the party far ahead than others. So it won’t be a surprise if the party forms next government in the KP. In the manifesto, the party chairman also specifically talked about low cost housing units and provision of jobs to the youth. Indeed the target could be achieved by taking on board the private sector and providing conducive and enabling environment to both domestic and foreign investors. Overseas Pakistanis greatly trust the personality of Imran Khan and if the people repose their trust on his party in the next general election, Khan has the capability and charisma to attract investment from expatriate Pakistanis in different sectors including that of Information Technology – the sector which alone has the capability to generate hundreds of thousands of jobs. It is good to see that the PTI’s manifesto also focuses on the development of textile, tourism and agriculture sectors which indeed have the potential to steer the country out of current economic crisis. But having said so, any future government will also have to lay emphasis to knowledge economy, innovation and bringing value addition in products to bolster the exports as only through collection of taxes as well as enhancing exports, the country can get rid of the current debt trap. As almost all the mainstream political parties have presented their manifestos, it is up to the people to study and gauge them and vote the party of their choice. It is their choice that will determine the future of the country.

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