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PTI chief presents 100-day plan

ISLAMABAD, July 9: The Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaf (PTI) on Saturday announced its 100-day plan which it would implement after coming into power.

The top most priority in the plan was given to the withdrawal from the US- led war on terror and instead war on corruption would be declared.

Speaking at a press conference at the National Press Club PTI chief Imran Khan said that his party would refrain from relying on empty rhetoric like other parties.

The PTI team of experts prepared the 100-day plan after a year long concerted efforts as it contained specific steps backed by detailed cost, revenue plan and a timeframe.

Imran Khan said the plan had a number of strategic levels of implementation. In the first 100 days, action would be taken on burning issues such as terrorism, corruption unemployment and inflation etc on priority basis. It also outlined the medium to long term strategies of the party to meet the economic, social and governance needs of the country.

Mr Khan said that the PTI counter-terrorism strategy would focus on political approaches and the use of force would be considered as the last and least preferred option.

“We will declare an end to all the military operations and withdraw the troops from Fata as the Frontier Corps (FC) would take over the responsibility of law and order there,” he said and added that a grand peace and reconciliation Jirga would be constituted to bring harmony through reconciliation.

He said that a commission would be formed to ascertain human rights violations in Fata and Swat and to establish the nature and scale of compensation to innocent victims and their relatives.

He said that all the US bases and intelligence centers would be shut down within three months after coming into power. The visas of all the foreign security operatives would be cancelled and they would be repatriated within seven days, he said.

“The drone attacks will be stopped immediately as any breach of our sovereignty would automatically result in blocking of all the Nato supplies and an end to all forms of cooperation with the US in its war on terror,” Imran Khan said.

An independent accountability commission would be formed under a new anti-corruption law which would be headed by an individual of impeccable credentials, said Mr Khan sharing measures against corruption.

“Benami accounts and transactions will be banned.

All the transactions above a certain ceiling will be legal only if the parties are registered as taxpayers. And politicians and government officials with foreign bank accounts or properties abroad will have to declare their assets and failing to disclose sources of income will result in a ban on holding public offices,” he said.

The PTI chief also vowed to dismantle sugar, cement, and fertilizer cartels. On economic issues, he said indirect taxation would be reduced on fuel and the revenue losses would be recovered from direct taxation.

Deficit financing to the tune of Rs3 billion a day, which was the main cause of inflation, would be stopped and power circular debt would be eliminated, he said and added that foreign exchange rules would be amended to put an end to Havala transactions.

The PTI chief said that austerity measures would be adopted and all the special perks and privileges of the president, PM, ministers and the parliamentarians would be abolished. On joblessness issue, he said that major physical infrastructural projects would be initiated to generate employment.

According to the PTI chairman, these measures would increase revenue generation especially by bringing the rich into the tax net.

He said, “Judicial and police reforms would be initiated to ensure the rule of law and all the judges of the higher courts would be appointed through a judicial commission without any involvement of the parliamentarians.

All the government appointments would be made through restructured public service commissions.”

Special tax incentives for overseas Pakistanis to facilitate their investment in the country, declaration of educational emergency, increase in allocations for education and a process of uniform core curriculum are included in the 100-day plan.

Imran Khan said that a national energy authority under the prime minister would be established to ensure better management, control of theft, wastage, and refurbishment of power plants.

He said that power sector efficiency could be improved within the first year of the PTI government.


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