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Nawaz unveils parts of election manifesto

Published Aug 06, 2012 12:03am


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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.


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A J Khan Aug 06, 2012 09:31am
This is what we want from our Leaders rather than " Blame Game"
Chaudhry Aug 06, 2012 01:34pm
This is a good road map to improve the economy rather than fighting with each other.
fahad Aug 06, 2012 05:11am
so nawaz sharif is going to double the education budget, which would be from 2% GDP to 4% GDP and that is going to make pakistan the best educated country in Asia. wow that is so absurd to say that. it is well embarrassing when someone like Nawaz Sharif says it. Most of pakistan's population is young and they need education, since young people are majority it is the governments responsibility to allocate most of their resources to fill their need and they are what only going to give them 4% of the GDP like that is going to fix the problem. I say that, Nawaz Sharif, is only saying all this so he can become the prime minster for the 3rd time and not do enough to actually make pakistan as good as our potential hold. and if nawaz sharif is so serious about his plan and really care about pakistan. Under 18th amendment, provinces get their own funds. Nawaz Sharif had 4 AND A HALF YEAR to implement his plans, atleast in punjab just to show what he can and will do once he becomes the PM. yet as we saw his government only made punjab worse in every aspect of governance. which to me proves that he is not serious at all. Don't get me wrong Nawaz would handle pakistan better than zardari but he will not take us to our full potential. I believe only the likes of Imran Khan and maybe Jamat-e-islami can take pakistan to its full potential and take pakisan from underdeveloped to developed country. Imran khan is a good choice because in a country so polarized imran is in the middle not leaning to the right or left and pulling votes from both sides. and i believe he would truly treat pakistan right.
F Khan Aug 06, 2012 08:07am
This is what the parties should be doing rather than mud slinging.