Singer Jawad Ahmed on Monday applied for registration of his political party to formally enter electoral politics.
The singer submitted papers in the Election Commission of Pakistan saying he will start campaigning for the next elections as soon as his party is registered.
Speaking to The Express Tribune, Jawad said his party, which will follow leftist policies, aims to work for the poor masses who toil in fields and factories. “There is not a single political party which works for labourers and peasants,” he said.
The singer did not reveal the name of his party saying they will make it public once the party has been registered.
“All parties accept the current minimum wage which is merely Rs15,000 for the working class, meaning that they agree the poor can survive on this meager amount,” Jawad said. “This proves how little existing parties care for the masses,” he added.
When asked about the party’s manifesto, Jawad said his focus will be on four major issues: land reforms, increase in minimum wage, provision of social security and high taxes for the rich.
“We believe that unless the state itself enters into the industry and farming, the conditions for the masses will not change under this capitalist mode of production,” the singer said.
Jawad is hopeful for the upcoming elections in 2018 and says that his party will contest polls across the country and win an appreciable number of seats.