KARACHI: Chairman Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf Imran Khan has come up with his party’s most-anticipated *manifesto entitled Road to Naya Pakistan for the forthcoming general election 2018 on Monday (today), claiming to turn Pakistan into an Islamic welfare state based on Madina model after coming into power.
It is yet to be seen how the westernized cricketer of yesteryears and former son-in-law of billionaire Jewish Goldsmiths, comes to power by means of electables and emulates the Madina Model to create a New Pakistan.
Cynics go haywire observing his modus operandi … for instance, when Judiciary disqualified one of his billionaire financers Jahangir Tareen, the New Pakistan’s Quaid unabashedly (towing the mauroosee siyasat line) allowed his son Ali Tareen contest the elections. Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah too followed the same formula and gave tickets to those seths who were able to pay for the election expenses. Jinnah died in a marooned ambulance while those so-called electable dirty dozen are still bleeding the country.
The most significant points of PTI’s manifesto are as follows:
- To make the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) sovereign as to counter corruption;
- To authorize the people and transmit the power to the village level;
- To initiate a non-political and inclusive judicial model to make sure that Pakistanis get justice forthwith;
- To bring eminent changes to the administrative structure in Karachi;
- To ensure affluent completion of Fata’s merger with KP while providing specific funds for it;
- To promote politics of understanding in Balochistan; raise the movement of south Punjab province, and empower Gilgit Baltistan;
- To uplift the economy by providing 10 million jobs and promoting small-to-mid-level industries;
- To make Pakistan a business hub and turn the China–Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) into a game-changer by elevating bilateral relations;
- To preserve water through building dams, resulting in making the agricultural industry profitable for the farmers;
- To launch educational reforms in schools, religious seminaries, and vocational centers;
- To defend national security and resist the terrorists’ narrative, human resources, finances and weaponry as to handle the internal threats the country goes through;
- To curtail the proliferation of arms and ammunition at the international level by inviting India for strategic discussions;
- To tackle environmental havoc by planting 10 billion trees.
On the other hand, the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) – that has the honor of having an ex-Chairman who was nick-named Mr. 10% when Benazir Bhutto was alive – unveiled a detailed manifesto yet almost similar to the last two editions, claiming to provide the Pakistanis with opportunities.
The noteworthy points of PPP’s manifesto are:
- To control water and energy scarcity;
- To cease rising poverty;
- To make labor policy reform;
- To emancipate women;
- To enhance the rule of law;
- To develop the sector of Information Technology.
Whereas, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) President Shehbaz Sharif – whose father’s small foundry yielded so much money that the Sharif clan boasts to be one of the richest in the region – exposed his manifesto while asserting that people will decide which party accomplished its 2013 manifesto.
Claiming that his party fulfilled the promises of ousting security concerns and power outage, he presented the following manifesto:
- To safeguard socio-economic aspects;
- To provide health and education facilities;
- To empower the people;
- To curb unemployment by allotting 100,000 jobs;
- To complete the Diamer-Bhasha Dam to eliminate water scarcity;
- To introduce low-cost housing schemes for the poor;
- To improve security conditions across the state.
After comparing all the three manifestos presented by the prominent political parties, it has been observed that PPP and PML-N are going to contest the elections on the old copy/paste manifestos. However, PTI – seemingly with the unique pronunciamento – is likely to give tough time to opponents.
The former government vowed to correct the system vis–à-vis energy while developing infrastructure and law and order back in 2013. In actuality, the masses, to this date, suffer electricity scarcity of up to 18 hours of power outage per day.
Similarly, the economic hub Karachi faces the severest water scarcity of the history. As a matter of fact, those vicinities with water have contaminated water. Hence the nation is bound to buy bottled water, which cannot be afforded to underprivileged people. Thus, much of what was pledged did not even dispatch because of a corrupt system.
Development has only been made in the province of Punjab, leaving behind the other provinces. Many say that instead of equally distributing the funds all over Punjab, the lion’s share had been invested only on certain parts of Lahore (that too for the sake of kickbacks). Unfortunately, the recent rains had shown threadbare some negative aspects of whatever was done for the betterment of people or for the commission. Not to mention that PMLN failed to provide jobs to people during its five-year tenure. Augmenting inflation had made the people’s lives more miserable. Whatever has been done for improving health, education, and environment seems vague.
Coming towards PPP, in the past, it claimed that needy people would be provided a hundred thousand houses. Regrettably, all went in vain. They talked much about women empowerment, however, innumerable ladies are being raped, murdered and abused in Sindh to this day because again and again narrow-minded feudal and their offsprings are voted to the corridors of power. The women employees rates have been estimated low than their counterparts with 86 percent males and 14 percent females only.
Cynics, while comparing the latest manifesto with the past one, go haywire wondering how PPP will fortify IT here when the nation is sans bread, clothes, and homes, the long-lost slogan of PPP?
Juxtaposing PTI’s manifesto, it has been observed that changes are being made in KPK. The system of police is being transformed. Also, the government had planted one billion trees as to curb the impacts of global warming and natural disasters as Pakistan secures the seventh slot on the list of the states most likely to be influenced by global warming with one of the highest deforestation rates in Asia.
It is pertinent to mention here that our governments have been cutting a number of trees in the name of so-called developments, resulting into shrinking the country’s forests to less than three percent of its land area with some 40 percent of the remaining forests are in KPK. Besides, PPP and PMLN have not even discoursed much apropos saving milieu in their latest manifestos as if they, being oblivious with the deadly impacts of global warming, do not know what is happening around the globe.
Back then, PTI’s manifesto talked much about youth as the party claimed to provide them with jobs and better opportunities to acquire education. PTI developed schools with having about 40,000 more teachers, rebuilding institutions exploded by the Taliban and providing others with toilets and electricity. Teacher absenteeism has been reported reduced. The overall health sector is improved with providing better facilities of comprehensive health-insurance cards to poor families.
The most important development ever to happen in the history of Pakistan is to bring corrupt politicians to account and Khan has always been talking about this since 2013. Due to his immense efforts, a judicial commission had been formed to look into the Panama scandal.
Yet again in his yesterday’s address, Khan maintained that influential personalities from PPP are likely to go through the same consequences as PML-N soon. And right after 24 hours, the apex court referring to fake accounts case has ordered to place Asif Ali Zardari and his sister Faryal Talpur’s names on Exit Control List (ECL).
On the ending note, it is pertinent to point it out her that merely the faces are changing but the politics are the same with bogus claims and promises here in Pakistan. The condition of government schools and other sectors predominantly health and public transport is getting fragile with the passage of time.
Status quo prevails for decades and common people are still sans basic necessities i.e. roti, kapra or makaan, potable water, electricity, and employment; in point of fact, the top ruling elite yet again is trying hard to usurp fountainhead of power by offering old wine in new bottles.
Hence, considering the manifestos, pundits at the helm of affairs are of the view that it is useless to rely on the fake promises of those, who could not deliver during their past tenures! Ironically, in the absence of better options, people will either remain at home or vote those who belong to their caste, creed, and belief.
*Manifesto is considered as a published declaration by which parties illustrate their intentions, views, and vision pertaining to national and public concerns including their motives and objectives that they plan to fulfill following assuming charge.
Countrywide uniform higher education system!
ISLAMABAD: The Council of Common Interests (CCI), which met here Monday with Prime Minister Imran Khan in the chair, directed the Higher Education Commission (HEC) to finalize its recommendations within a month for a countrywide uniform higher education system in coordination with federal and provincial governments.
The HEC was further directed to formulate a strategy for the uplift of educational institutions as well as better coordination between the Center and provinces.
The CCI directed the Planning Commission to review the projects of power distribution and transmission network in Balochistan, besides calling for the launch of work on the projects of crucial nature.
It referred the request of Sindh province seeking additional water supply for Karachi to the National Water Council, which would present its recommendations to the CCI keeping in view the situation of existing water reservoirs, water sharing formula among provinces and the ground realities. Besides, the National Water Council would also suggest measures to stop wastage of water and ensure its judicious use.
Deliberating over the less availability of water in Pat Feeder and Kirthar canals, the CCI asked the chief ministers of Sindh and Balochistan to sort out the matter mutually.
The Center and the provinces agreed over the true implementation of AGN Qazi formula for the distribution of net hydel profits.
The CCI constituted a committee under the Minister for Inter-provincial Coordination to formulate recommendations on devolution of Employees Old Age Benefits Institution (EOBI) and the Workers Welfare Fund (WWF) to the provinces.
The Council decided to refer the Sindh government’s proposed amendments in Petroleum Policy 2012 to the Economic Coordination Committee of the Cabinet (ECC), which would formulate recommendations considering the proposed amendments.
The CCI reached a consensus to hand over to Pakistan Standards and Quality Control Authority the responsibility of uniform standards and the provision of one-window facility to the relevant companies.
In that regard, a committee comprising representatives from all the provinces, Azad Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan was also constituted to look into the legal and constitutional aspects.
The Council also formed a task force to propose measures for effective implementation of regulatory authorities and the establishment of government’s writ in the provinces.
It decided to launch a nationwide “Pakistan Cleanliness Movement” that would be inaugurated by Prime Minister Imran Khan on October 7. The provinces also assured their full participation in the campaign.
The prime minister, in his remarks on the occasion, stressed on the need for improvement of educational standard in Balochistan and directed the HEC to take measures in coordination with the provincial government.
He told the meeting that the services of Shaukat Khanam Hospital would be extended to Balochistan for the provision of healthcare facilities, particularly, the diagnosis of cancer.
The prime minister directed to establish a comprehensive and transparent mechanism for water distribution among the provinces and the provision of timely updates to the provinces. He viewed that as the non-provision of correct information caused misunderstandings, immediate measures must be taken in that regard.
He assured all-out cooperation of the Federal Government to the provinces in all matters. He said the Federal Government was committed to make the CCI an effective platform and to play a positive role in the resolution of issues among the provinces and strengthen the federation.
Plagued Modi trying to hide behind anti-Pak rhetoric
ISLAMABAD: After being exposed by the French government for influencing 36 Rafale fighter planes deal, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has charged his cannons to fire obsolete anti-Pakistan rhetoric to mock fanatic Indians.
The Rafale scandal has been a burning question since the opposition blew the whistle of hefty corruption when Modi announced to purchase the French fighter jets on his visit to Paris. The opposition party ‘Congress’ has accused the government for choosing Reliance Defence over state-run Hindustan Aeronautics Limited to benefit the private firm though it did not have any experience in the aerospace sector.
The Congress also demanded the Modi government to elucidate the thrice increase in the prices of the jets which was a mere eyewash that erupted a huge corruption scandal narrating unprecedented plundering of public money.
Interestingly, prior to the Modi government, the deal to purchase the Rafale aircraft was also done during the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government where its largest member party is the Indian National Congress.
According to the Congress, the cost of an aircraft at that time was Indian Rs 5900 million, while the deal was finalized by the Modi government three times the price.
Congress President Rahul Gandhi also boiled a hot war on the social media portal Twitter slamming PM Modi for betraying the country. Rahul said, “The Prime Minister spoke privately about Rafael Deal behind the closed door and made a change in it. He has betrayed the country and insulted our martyrs”.
The former French President Francois Hollande according to a French media report clarified: “The Indian government proposed Reliance Defence as the partner for Dassault Aviation in the Rafale jet fighter deal and France did not have a choice”.
According to reports in Indian media, the French government claimed to have no involvement in the choice of Indian industrial partners for the Rafale fighter jet deal, insisting that French companies have full freedom to select Indian firms for the contract.
Dassault Aviation, the makers of Rafale, had chosen Reliance Defence as its partner to fulfill offset obligations of the deal. The government has been maintaining it did not have any role in selection of the offset partner by Dassault.
In a statement, Dassault Aviation said it decided to partner with Reliance Defence in accordance with the policy of ‘Made in India’.
In the recent escalating crisis over the controversy, Congress President Rahul Gandhi has alleged that “Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Anil Ambani jointly carried out a multi-billion ‘surgical strike’ on the defense forces.”
The Indian Air Force (IAF) had termed that deal as oxygen for Indian Defence but allegations of corruption on PM Modi has raised many questions about the transparency of the deal.
After a plethora of allegations against Modi, the Indian Prime Minister opted for anti-Pakistan rhetoric to hoodwink his masses no matter that Indian opposition parties themselves exposed the real face of Modi’s BJP not before the Indian citizens but also the world democracies.
The PM Modi’s narrative against Pakistan was not well taken by Indians themselves as the mega corruption charges in an important defense project raises questions on his own commitment to safeguarding his motherland and the opposition called him ‘the plunderer instead of protector of national assets.’
Modi has now entered into a blind alley and retaliates through outmaneuvering repeated trivial narrative with greater lucidity to pacify the lurking public outrage. His people, the neighboring countries as well as world democracies have ample substance to understand as to why he denied dialogue with Pakistan.
China set up power projects under PPA: Ahsan Iqbal
ISLAMABAD: Member National Assembly Ahsan Iqbal on Monday said that 35 billion dollar energy projects had been set up under China Pakistan Economic Corridor’s (CPEC) Power Purchase Agreement (PPA).
Speaking in the National Assembly he said, “We have not taken even a single penny loan to set up power projects under China Pakistan Economic Corridor as all the projects had been established by the private sector of China in line with the PPA.”
Under the agreement, he said, the generated electricity will be added to the national grid as per rate determined by the National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA).
“We should be grateful to China for making such a huge investment in Pakistan when other countries and local investors are shying to invest ten dollars”.
He appreciated the Chinese government for helping Pakistan in difficult times to end load-shedding from the country.