Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) President Mian Nawaz Sharif has vowed to get the country out of the enormity of the multiple challenges of unprecedented loadshedding, massive unemployment, increasing poverty, poor governance, deteriorating law and order, widespread corruption and galloping inflation.
Explaining salient features of the Manifesto, the PML-N President said a Cabinet committee on Defence and National Security headed by the prime minister will be established to maintain democratic oversight of all aspects of foreign and defence policies, ensure that all institutions i.e. civil or military act in accordance with the law and under the instructions and directives of the Federal Cabinet. Needs and requirements of the armed forces would be met under all circumstances, and strategic assets would be protected.
He announced that Hazara, South Punjab and Bahawalpur provinces will be created.
The party government will eliminate VIP culture and expenses of Presidency, Prime Minister, Governors and Chief Ministers will be significantly reduced.
A specially deigned employment programme will be designed to generate three million new jobs in public and private sectors including one million each in IT and SMEs sectors.
Minimum wages of workers will be gradually enhanced to Rs15,000 per month.
The PML-N would strive to eventually provide a house to each Pakistani family through pubic-private partnership.
The PML-N government will revive the economy, double the GDP growth to over six percent, reduce budget deficit to 4%, reduce country’s dependence on foreign loans and assistance, revamp State enterprises eating Rs 400 billion, decrease tax rates, ensure lower interest rates and make Pakistan emerge as one of the top ten economies of the world in 21st century.
All major export sectors will be sales tax free, an Export Import Bank (EXIM) will be set up.
Nawaz Sharif said the government will improve tax to GDP ratio to 15% by 2018, informal economy will be brought into Tax net, reduce tax evasion, reduce the number of federal and provincial taxes.
Short and medium terms measures would be initiated to end load shedding in 3 years, invest US $ 20 billion to generate 10,000MW of electricity in next five years and permanently eliminate circular debt. High priority would be given to import gas through pipelines, intensify oil and gas exploration, develop Thar coalfields by setting up of atleast 5,000MW of new coal fired power plants under the IPP mode in Sindh, develop alternative sources of energy.
He said agriculture will be turned into a fully viable economic industry, high priority to be given to development of livestock and fisheries sectors, reclaim and irrigate additional land for allotment to landless, women haris and tenants and achieve food security.
The PML-N government will introduce a transparent system of income support programme for needy families with special focus on widows, orphans and girl child.
National Education Emergency will be declared to eradicate illiteracy on war footing basis, a vision 2025 for Pakistan’s education shall be formulated to transform the country to be among world’s best and a uniform system of education will be introduced step by step while education budget would be enhanced to 4% of GDP by 2018.
Computer labs will be established in all govt high schools, Danish schools will be set in all provinces, HEC will be given greater autonomy, vocational and technical education will be promoted.
A new national health insurance card scheme will be introduced for free treatment of children upto 12 years, senior citizens of over 65 years and families with low income.
He said the government will promote participation of women in national development, give preference to women teachers in primary education, enact and improve legislation on violence against women, expand micro credit for female borrowers and inheritance and property rights of female heirs shall be safeguarded.
A dynamic National Youth Policy will be implemented through skill development programme to create one million positions for apprenticeship, self employment loans shall be extended, services of youth will be utilized in national literacy programme and involve youth in governance at local level through special seats reserved for them in Union and District councils.
National Day for Minorities will be celebrated, they will have complete freedom of worship, legislative measures will be undertaken to prevent forced conversion of religion, development funds for minorities will be doubled and Christian community will be permitted to run their own educational institutions.
Nawaz Sharif reiterated commitment to Charter of Democracy and vowed to build strong dimension of democratic governance by building institutions including an effective parliament, independent judiciary, election commission and a vigilant media.
He said Local government elections will be held within six months of general elections, police laws will be reviewed to depoliticize police, improve thana culture.
The PML-N government will grant voting rights to all overseas Pakistanis and dual nationals and “Aao Badlein Pakistan” programme to be launched to motivate overseas Pakistanis towards development of Pakistan.
Freedom of media to be guaranteed and respected, comprehensive insurance scheme to be introduced for journalists against death and injury, Fund established for training of journalists and PTV/PBC to be made autonomous bodies, he assured.
PML-N will ensure provincial autonomy in accordance with constitution and vision of founding father. No water project will be commenced without consensus among all the federating units, Status of national language to be given to all major languages, Truth and Reconciliation commission to be established to discover and reveal truth about past wrong doings. Hearts and minds of people of Balochistan would be won through meaningful political dialogue and their political and economic rights restored.
He pledged to uphold the independence of judiciary, number of judges will be substantially increased, all vacancies to be filled and civil cases trial completed within one year.
PML-N will form an autonomous National Accountability commission, adopt zero tolerance policy for corruption, ruthlessly stamp out corruption and across the board accountability of all holders of public offices would be ensured.
The Party will comprehensively review national security and foreign policy,, enhance relations with proven friendly countries, and normalize relations with other, seek peaceful negotiations for solution of disputes including Kashmir.
Rejecting militancy and extremism, Nawaz Sharif promised to bring FATA and PATA into country’s political mainstream and ensure health, education and other facilities in these areas.