Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan on Sunday presented his party’s 11-point agenda for the upcoming elections. Addressing PTI’s power show at the iconic Minar-e-Pakistan on Sunday, Imran announced the 11-point agenda which, according to him, will help establish “one system of justice, reduce poverty and elevate the living standards of the poor.
“No country can ever flourish without emphasizing on the education…all the Asian Tigers educated their children, the men, and the women,” said the PTI chief.
“3.5 crore children study in government schools. Half of Punjab’s budget is being spent on Lahore [alone]. I ask Shehbaz Sharif who’s ruling Punjab for 10 years, how many international-level universities did he establish?”
“Countries don’t flourish because of the roads and bridges, but when you spend on human development,” Imran lashed out at the present government, adding that the PTI will “invest maximum on the development of the people, on one education system in Pakistan.”
The second point is about reforming the health system, he said. “When I can make SKMCH without government, I will [build] hospitals in Pakistan where the poor wouldn’t have to worry about money and the rich wouldn’t need to go abroad for treatment.”
Imran vowed to introduce a health insurance system modeled on the ‘Sehat Sahulat’ card in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa for the poor across Pakistan.
3. Revenue generation
Next up is how to generate revenue in order to rid the country of heavy debts, he said.
“We don’t have money to run the country, we are in heavy debt. I claim in front of you today that I will show you how to gather money from this nation,” said Imran as he resolved to revolutionize tax collection system in the country.
Citing the example of his decision to expel 20 MPAs from his party for “selling votes” in the Senate elections earlier this year, Imran promised the people he will eliminate corruption from the country.
“We will stop money laundering, we will strengthen the NAB and FBR.”
Imran termed the overseas Pakistanis as the biggest investing potentials for the country and resolved to bring investments into Pakistan.
“We will reduce the tax on electricity and gas for our industries so that they could compete with Indian market,” he said.
Promising the youth much better employment opportunities, Imran said he would especially focus on boosting the tourism industry of Pakistan.
Imran said he would improve agriculture and the lives of farmers on ‘an emergency basis.’
“They work for the whole year and get nothing in the end. They are being exploited by the sugar mill mafia.”
The PTI chief resolved to strengthen the federation.
“We know how the injustice is being done to smaller provinces. I know more about Khyber Pakhtunkhwa,” he said.
Imran said the environment was a priority on the party’s manifesto.
“For the first time ever, the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government paid special attention to the environment,” he said, adding that the party plans to plant 10 billion trees across Pakistan.
“We can even clean the rivers,” he said.
10. Police system
He stressed the importance of justice and the police system.
“Our Khyber Pakhtunkhwa police is totally depoliticized. There’s no victimization via FIRs, there not a single extrajudicial killings in the province while in Sindh Rao Anwar killed 400 people.”
Imran promised the women of Pakistan to educate them.
“Whatever I am today, it’s all because of my mother who made me a patriotic person and raised me to be a truthful person.”
In his address, he lamented that today’s Pakistan is neither the vision of Quaid-e-Azam nor Allama Iqbal. Imran, who earlier dubbed the rally as “Tsunami plus show”, expressed his gratitude to the participants for turning out in large numbers to witness the “historic” gathering.
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