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Nawaz unveils parts of election manifesto

August 06, 2012

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Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) chief Nawaz Sharif. — File photo

LAHORE: PML-N president Nawaz Sharif unveiled parts of the election manifesto of his party at a meeting held here on Sunday to “discuss party policies with and seek feedback from all segments of life”.

Alleging that games were being played with the Constitution and democracy, he said he would not allow anyone to endanger the future of the country and to safeguard its sovereignty.

“Three Es will be part of our manifesto as our experts have prepared a roadmap for these sectors – energy, economy and education,” the former prime minister announced at a select gathering which included the party cadre, at the jam-packed Alhamra Hall.

Praising party’s additional general secretary Ahsan Iqbal for preparing the roadmap, he claimed it would take the country to the level of 10 big economies of the world.

He said the roadmap, the projects identified in it and the team for implementing them were ready to start work without wasting any time immediately after the PML-N came into power.

Justifying the policy of undertaking the work now, he said almost a year would be wasted if the planning was left to the time after assuming the charge of the government.

The PML-N chief said the government of his party would contain within six months the problem of circular debt which was mainly responsible for electricity loadshedding and would reduce it considerably within two years.

Referring to Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaaf’s claim of resolving the issue within 90 days, he said it was an absurd claim.

He said if politicians should pay attention to problems like loadshedding, instead of indulging in mudslinging against each other.

Mr Sharif announced that an incentives package for investors was ready for making the closed factories functional and wooing back the local entrepreneurs who had taken their investments to other countries.

He said an interest-free loan project under self-employment scheme was ready for jobless educated youths and urged the younger generation to start doing homework and decide in which sector they would invest the loan.

He said Pakistan would be converted into a tourist-friendly country by eliminating terrorism and extremism and the education budget would be doubled within three years to make the education system one of the best in Asia.

Criticising the PPP, Mr Sharif said a new corruption scandal involving people in the government was daily surfacing in the media and the future of democracy, judiciary and parliament was being put at stake to protect the ill-gotten wealth of a corrupt person.

The former prime minister, who was ousted in a military coup in October 1999, regretted that undemocratic forces had never allowed constitutional institutions to develop.

He pledged to protect sovereignty of the country and rid it of poverty and unemployment.