PTI swings into election mode with big power show

Published: April 29, 2018
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LAHORE: Unveiling an 11-point agenda for a new Pakistan, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan called for establishing Pakistan in the image of the model state of Madina.

Speaking to a large public gathering at Minar-e-Pakistan on Sunday, Khan asserted that today’s Pakistan did not match the dream of Allama Iqbal or the Quaid-i-Azam’s vision.

The Quaid, he said, had dreamt of a country where all citizens, including all minorities, had equal rights. According to Imran Khan, the Quaid wanted to establish Pakistan based on the model state of Madina, which was the first social welfare state in the world.

Pakistan, Khan said, must choose between dishonour and dignity.

Citing the country’s foreign debt, he said that it had touched an alarming level of Rs27,000 billion, of which half had been incurred over past five years of the PML-N government’s tenure.

The country, he said, was heading towards a default because it lacked sufficient resources to repay its debts.

An aerial view of PTI rally. PHOTO: ONLINE

11-point agenda

Khan maintained that no country could ever excel without providing quality education to its children. All Asian Tigers invested heavily in the education sector. In contrast, Pakistan lagged behind Nigeria and had the highest number of out-of-school children.

He said that Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif had spent Rs350 billion only in Lahore, which amounted to half of the province’s budget.

“I ask Sharif who has been ruling Punjab for 10 years, how many international-level universities did he establish? No country can flourish in the world just by building roads and bridges. Nations develop by investing in their human capital,” the PTI chief said.

He asserted that his party would invest maximum in education and human development.

Health sector reforms, he said, were second on PTI’s priority list.

Citing the example of Shaukat Khanum Cancer Hospital, he said that he had set it up without government support, adding that the ruling party had not established such a hospital anywhere in the country.

He also announced to introduce a health insurance scheme for the poor across Pakistan based on the model of Sehat Sahulat Card in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

Khan said the next biggest challenge of Pakistan is revenue generation. An efficient and transparent tax regime is necessary to get rid of the country’s heavy debts.

The country is hardly able to raise Rs4,000 billion in revenues. He said his government will introduce reforms in the taxation system, reduce tax rates and will ensure that public money is not wasted. He said that he will collect Rs8,000 in revenue by restoring public confidence.

Imran Khan to assert civilian authority if elected as PM

Citing the example of his decision to expel his own party’s lawmakers for selling their votes in recent elections, Khan promised that he will curb corruption by strengthening the system of accountability and justice.

Khan said his government will encourage investment by creating an investor-friendly environment in the country.

Overseas Pakistanis possessed huge wealth abroad. They just need to be assured of a business-friendly environment.

He said that investment will also help create new jobs and increase domestic exports for which tax rates and energy tariffs will be reduced to make Pakistani products competitive in the international markets.

Khan promised youth of Pakistan better employment opportunities by offering incentives in tourism, housing and construction sectors.

PHOTO: ONLINE

PTI chief promised that his party will declare an agriculture emergency across the country.

He said that PTI will also introduce modern farming and train farmers, which will help increase crop yields and profits. Khan criticised sugar mills mafia for exploiting poor farmers and vowed that they would be dealt with sternly.

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The PTI chief resolved to strengthen the federation by giving due rights to provinces. Citing K-P’s example, Khan said, he knew how small provinces were being exploited. He announced that the merger of Fata into K-P would be expedited. His party would also work for creating a separate administrative unit in southern Punjab.

Khan said that environment was among his party’s top priorities. PTI, he said, would introduce project similar to the Billion Tree Tsunami all over Pakistan, planting more than 10 billion trees.

Efforts will also be made to clean rivers and water channels.

The PTI chief said that there was a dire need to depoliticise the police force. After coming into power, he said he would introduce reforms in police department so justice could be served quickly. Citing K-P police as a model, Khan said no case of extrajudicial killing had been reported in the province, while the situation in Punjab and Sindh was alarming.

Assuring women of quality education and inheritance rights, Khan maintained that his mother had been instrumental in shaping his personality, adding that his mother had moulded him into a truthful and patriotic person.

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Reader Comments (20)

  • Aamir
    Apr 30, 2018 - 12:14AM

    Sorry Imran, same old speech again. I was looking for new stuff.Recommend

  • Jammer
    Apr 30, 2018 - 12:18AM

    Key points missing.
    1. Economic targets and projected GDP growth rate in next 5 years missing.
    2. No plan to upgrade Pakistani passport value.
    3. Economic reform policy.
    4. 1st 100 day plan not given.
    5. Foreign policy plan missing.Recommend

  • Aamir
    Apr 30, 2018 - 1:07AM

    These 11 points are also available in all political parties manifestos. The 12th point should have been “As we (PTI) did in KPK during last four years”.Recommend

  • Saqib Khan
    Apr 30, 2018 - 3:37AM

    No one can fix anyone, it is the public at large has to realize if each and every member of the society is sick and tired of status quo; if they are, then change is in foresight.Recommend

  • Saqib Bashir Khan
    Apr 30, 2018 - 3:58AM

    No one can fix anyone, it is the public at large has to realize if each and every member of the society is sick and tired of status quo; if they are, then change is in foresight.
    For most it will be 180 degree turn, which will be extremely hard. You don’t become a liar or a thief overnight, it is a process, and similarly if you are honest, trustworthy, caring, and so forth which takes a long process to develop those characters. Is it a tipping point for each and every member of the society to take a 180 degree turn? Has to be seen!! In my opinion there are still some vultures feeding on deteriorated dead carcass.Recommend

  • F Khan
    Apr 30, 2018 - 6:33AM

    PTI is the new PMLQ.It will have the same fate.Recommend

  • M. Amir Khan
    Apr 30, 2018 - 7:23AM

    We stand with khan to eradicate corruption from our country and to provide equal opportunities to all specially the people of backward areas. Recommend

  • BrainBro
    Apr 30, 2018 - 8:01AM

    It would be ironic and funny to see the TV media make a massive u-turn if he wins the elections. The establishment does not want civilian supremacy; they only want to “play” democracy.Recommend

  • Sohail Azizee
    Apr 30, 2018 - 8:44AM

    He is the Biggest lier and the only intention he has is to get into Power and become PM, no matter what route he has to follow.
    Look at the people standing around him all are corrupt and morally depraved.
    He was not able to defeat Nawaz Shareef the right way so he adopted a wrong way, now he has become Child of Establishment and trying to achieve his PM ship.
    May ALLAH save Pakistan from this hypocrite.Recommend

  • Sabi
    Apr 30, 2018 - 9:54AM

    You want a state based on the concept of Madina with a group of liars cheaters conspirators, hypocrites,.. this is not possible. No way.Recommend

  • salman
    Apr 30, 2018 - 9:59AM

    Ominus signs for PMLN and PPPRecommend

  • Ali
    Apr 30, 2018 - 12:38PM

    He deserves a chanceRecommend

  • A K Shahani
    Apr 30, 2018 - 12:52PM

    I would hereby humbly request all concerned in Pakistan that LBOD drainage system may also be included in its agenda, because the same was become functional in 1992-9, and as per PC-I the canals were excavated for drainage, tube wells were installed for sucking saline water further pushing to saline canals and thereafter to Sea.
    For sake of God this may essentially be considered, because due to increase of saline water, the agricultural lands of farmers became ruin/useless. Recommend

  • dilawar baloch
    Apr 30, 2018 - 12:57PM

    It was a failed show. Few thousands people from all over Pakistan.Recommend

  • A K Shahani
    Apr 30, 2018 - 1:04PM

    I would like to request Media that kindly to focus on a burning matter regarding saline water drainage through LBOD, the agricultural lands are becoming ruin specially in Sindh,
    I want to invite kind attention of Sain Murad Ali Shah, Brother Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, please take urgent notice how tube wells which were installed for sucking saline water were theft Recommend

  • Rex Minor
    Apr 30, 2018 - 2:30PM

    @Sabi:
    a group of liars cheaters conspirators, hypocrites,.. this is not possible. No way.

    There are certainly no more angels left after decade long corrupt governance of sharif family.

    Rex MinorRecommend

  • Rex Minor
    Apr 30, 2018 - 3:03PM

    No country can flourish in the world just by building roads and bridges.

    Imran Khan cannot reverse the infra structure projects but supplement them with use of human capital in a new digital city in the heart of waziristan equivalent to chinese city of Shenzhen..Pakistan has a brilliant future not in the tourist industry but with foreign investment in digital enterprise.

    Rex Minor Recommend

  • Shakir Lakhani
    Apr 30, 2018 - 3:06PM

    How many hospitals and universities did your government establish in the past five year in KP, Mr. Imran Khan? None? Was it because you spent most of the past five years destabilizing the federal government in Islamabad?Recommend

  • Saleem
    Apr 30, 2018 - 3:48PM

    @F Khan:

    Your wishful thinking has been of full display in these forums. Have you eaten enough humble pie yet? If not, more will be dished by people of Pakistan in the 2018 election. Rev up the hunger….it will come in a boat load!Recommend

  • Shahbaz Asif Tahir
    Apr 30, 2018 - 6:01PM

    @Shakir Lakhani:

    He established the Shaukat Khanum cancer hospital, in Peshawar.
    KP is far better now than it was when ANP ruled and left it.Recommend

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