Economic Policy: PTI lists down health, education and governance reforms

Published: August 24, 2012
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Imran Khan, as prime minister, will devolve power from his hands down to grass-root level, says Asad Umar. PHOTO: FILE

Imran Khan, as prime minister, will devolve power from his hands down to grass-root level, says Asad Umar. PHOTO: FILE

Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) announced its Economic Policy Vision on Friday in which it listed down health and education as priorities among reforms in governance and revenue collection.

PTI’s Senior Vice-President Asad Umar, before presenting the policy, gave an insight into the current situation of Pakistan.

While comparing the growth of Pakistan to that of other countries, Umar said, “Pakistan’s solution is not administrative, it is political.”

He added that the cost of economic failure in Pakistan is of human life. “A child born in Pakistan has a lower chance of survival than in most countries of the world.”

Institutional reform

While presenting the policy, Umar maintained that all state-owned institutions are at a disaster and the loss is so huge that it cannot be estimated.

To reform the institutions, Umar said that the Railway Ministry will be abolished and it will work under an autonomous board instead of the government. He added that the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) will also be taken out of the control of the Ministry of Defence if PTI chief Imran Khan comes into power after the next elections.

Governance reform

Stressing the need for a local government system in Pakistan, Umar said that the current governance in the country is very centralised and weak. “Imran Khan, as the prime minister, will devolve all power from his hands down to the grass-root, village level to decentralise power.”

He added that there should be district finance commissions so that every district in Pakistan gets its due share of expenditure.

A few other points for governance reforms included:

–          Implementation of Civil Service Reforms

–          Direct funding for every district to ensure equal distribution of funds to districts and villages

Expenditure reform

Umar said that the party will aim to reduce the number of federal ministries to 17 from the current 37 to cut down the expenditure of the government.

Other points included:

–          Limit perks enjoyed by ministers, MNAs, MPAs and civil and military bureaucrats

–          All state institutions, including defence to participate in expenditure reduction campaign

–          Eliminate all discretionary funds

–          No development funds for parliamentarians

“On the right hand, Imran Khan will be taking his oath as the prime minister, while on the left hand, such (lavish) buildings will be bulldozed,” said Umar.

Revenue collection

Presenting the party’s policies for the collection of revenue in Pakistan, Umar said that the tax rates, especially the GST, is very high and it should be reduced.

He added that some time will have to be given to the tax evaders to come clean.

A few other points included:

–          Making FBR fully autonomous

–          Government to make tax policy, FBR to implement independently

–          Raise revenue by ensuring tax collection without raising tax rates

Health reform

The party vice-president stated that during the party’s tenure, health spending will be increased from 0.86% of the GDP to 2.6% in a span five years, and primary health care to the poor people of Pakistan will also be ensured.

All DHQ/THQ hospitals will be modernised and jobs will be created in the health sector, Umar detailed.

Education emergency

Maintaining that the country cannot progress in any sector nor can justice be attained unless education is reformed in the country, Umar said, “We want one education system for one nation.”

The PTI will also focus on girls education by doubling the number of girls high schools in five years, as there is “no better investment in Pakistan than to invest in girls education,” he said.

“It is not possible that Imran Khan becomes the prime minister and nothing is done about sports… These days, there is no productive activity available for children,” said Umar adding that the PTI will focus on sports and extra-curricular activities in educational institutes.

“Education does not only teach functional skills, but also builds up character… We want to provide the opportunity to every child to become a future leader.”

The education reforms also included:

–          Increase in spending from 2% of GDP to 5% in five years

–          Voucher system to fund students to go to private schools to fill gaps where government schools are not enough

A few other points from the presentation are listed below:

Skill development

–          Leverage private/public/NGOs for mega skill development program

Foreign exchange

–          Export strategy to boost FX earnings

–          Fix flawed energy policy to reduce large trade deficits

External vulnerabilities

–          Give confidence to overseas Pakistanis to invest at home

Growth strategy

–          Investment spending to rise to 21.4% of GDP by FY18 (12.4% in FY12)

–          Fully exploit the ignored indigenous natural resources of Pakistan

–          Boost agriculture output and farm incomes

–          Rapid industrial growth for generating jobs, boosting exports

–          Regional trade to diversify markets

–          Jumpstart economic growth to absorb two million youth to labour force every year

Agriculture

–          Reducing cost of production

–          Using farmers to fight inflation

–          Community Dairy Farming in every village of Pakistan

Energy secure state

–          Resolve Circular Debt through moving to lower cost production

–          Divert all resources to maximizing energy production

–          Bring loadshedding to manageable proportions urgently

Accountability emergency

–          NAB to have its own investigative and prosecution arm outside the purview of the executive

–          Special Task Force to recover looted national wealth stashed outside the country

–          All recovered assets of corruption to be used for educating the youth of Pakistan

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Reader Comments (173)

  • Nadir
    Aug 24, 2012 - 5:27PM

    How are any of these (well intentioned) policy? Where is the, How, Where and When?

    Saying that: Investment spending to rise to 21.4% of GDP by FY18 (12.4% in FY12) – Is neither a strategy nor a policy.

    What does: Fully exploit the ignored indigenous natural resources of Pakistan” supposed to mean?

    These are a list of populist rhetoric which hardly departs from any other political parties. After all the hype one would expect more detail and less populism. Give us some policy papers on how these goals are going to be achieved!

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  • Nadeem
    Aug 24, 2012 - 5:30PM

    Very beautiful, most attractive and amazing but only words in the end. I think I could have done a better job than Asad, if only I had so much time in the world.

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  • Farhan
    Aug 24, 2012 - 5:30PM

    Sounds good but why no mention of Energy which is the biggest issue ? How much time to solve that, what ways ?

    Grass-Root level democracy sounds just like Nazim system introduced under Musharraf which was great start but I doubt Imran would say that!

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  • Aslam
    Aug 24, 2012 - 5:33PM

    Vote for CHANGE..That’s It.

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  • Umair Khan
    Aug 24, 2012 - 5:35PM

    PMLN is terribly upset as to why PTI has not included Taxi Schemes in their Economic Policy. PMLN considered it the best employment policy. One size fits for all be it educated or uneducated, let them have yellow taxi.

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  • Ali q
    Aug 24, 2012 - 5:35PM

    Critics, be taken more seriously; provide constructive criticism ie
    1. Don’t boo it. Acknowledge the initiative, help improve it.
    2. Provide viable alternatives.

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  • Aug 24, 2012 - 5:35PM

    I saw the conference through live stream, and without being partial, I must say I am impressed.. The Policy department in PTI seems working really hard..

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  • Hassan
    Aug 24, 2012 - 5:35PM

    Now thats what you call a Progressive Party..if they can implement only 50% of what they plan i think Pakistan will be on track. although i would like to see them taxing agricultural income too and land reforms should also be applied.

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  • kumail
    Aug 24, 2012 - 5:37PM

    while we are still reeling from the messed up devolution of Musharraf…..another devolution policy is in the making…..the future definitely seems bleak if Imran Khan is somehow made PM of Pakistan

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  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Aug 24, 2012 - 5:39PM

    Day dreaming…
    Anyone can write these lines..For example, the policy about girls education…Imran’s friends have destroyed 500 schools in tribal areas. How would Imran change their mentality?

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  • Taz100
    Aug 24, 2012 - 5:40PM

    Asad Umar and PTI will INSHALLAH deliver! so hopeful now :)

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  • ali
    Aug 24, 2012 - 5:41PM

    ha ha!!!!!!!!!! nice litrerature……………..

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  • ihtisham khan
    Aug 24, 2012 - 5:41PM

    Brilliant .. i am impressed..

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  • Only PTI
    Aug 24, 2012 - 5:42PM

    pretty comprehensive policy document. All we need is a true and genuine will to get it implemented…iA.

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  • Ali Zaidi
    Aug 24, 2012 - 5:44PM

    These are just heading who even a bright high school going kid can come up with. Without proper implementation plan and mechanism this is a useless list.

    Its like saying that when i grow up:

    I want to be an astronaut by reading books.
    Help the poor by giving them money.
    Kill the bad guys with guns.
    Become a billionaire by doing business.Recommend

  • hamid
    Aug 24, 2012 - 5:47PM

    excellant if implemented honestly..

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  • ayesha azeem
    Aug 24, 2012 - 5:48PM

    PTI will shine in next elections…Inshallah :)

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  • Naeem
    Aug 24, 2012 - 5:49PM

    Im lost for words! Asad Umar you rock! BTW all the assets are on insaf.pk too! Tebdeeli aa nahin rahi tabdeeli aa gai hey!

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  • aminy
    Aug 24, 2012 - 5:49PM

    Atleast they have a plan…and it might sound farfetched but they have a vision and direction…hopefully they succeed InshAllah

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  • Omar
    Aug 24, 2012 - 5:50PM

    go pti. we love you

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  • @ishiPTI
    Aug 24, 2012 - 5:51PM

    here you go, this is what was expected from the Leadership of PTI. Another revolutionary step by PTI, as promised, the declaration of assets of top Leadership of PTI (http://insaf.pk/AboutUs/LeadershipAssets/tabid/313/Default.aspx). Pakistan Zindabad!

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  • iconoclast
    Aug 24, 2012 - 5:52PM

    hats off to PTI.. Pakistan’s fate will change!!! wake up pakistan!!!

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  • HMC
    Aug 24, 2012 - 5:53PM

    The detailed presentation is available at http://www.scribd.com/doc/103790292/PTI-Economic-Policy

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  • HMC
    Aug 24, 2012 - 5:54PM

    A public commitment fulfilled by PTI by posting leadership assets at
    http://insaf.pk/AboutUs/LeadershipAssets/tabid/313/Default.aspx

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  • Acorn Guts
    Aug 24, 2012 - 5:55PM

    I see IK is still struggling to grasp reality, all the best though and I truly believe that if he can achieve even 10% of what’s been said above, Pakistan will prosper more in his term than it has in the previous 2 decades

    He is yet to convince me on his religious, minorities and pro-taliban stance.

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  • Hassan Syed
    Aug 24, 2012 - 5:55PM

    well time will tell the exact..it requires a true sincere effort to implement this whimsy. As a leader I.K has abilities to achieve this task also provided with the team of professionals which is essential…..

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  • Aug 24, 2012 - 5:57PM

    Sound like good reforms, but the question is will they work in a country like Pakistan? The PTI deserves a chance. I like the idea of privitising PIA and Pak Rail.

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  • irfan
    Aug 24, 2012 - 5:58PM

    Excellent. That is the way forward.

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  • Meekal A Ahmed
    Aug 24, 2012 - 5:59PM

    still too much pie-in-the-sky stuff.

    You will REDUCE tax rates? Then implement the VAT/RGST that will bring down tax rates to a SINGLE rate of 15%. Bring it down to 10% but then raise the threshold.

    I missed something on agriculture taxation and taxation on services.

    No mention on how they will tackle the mother of all evits: the fiscal deficit that keeps going up rather than down.

    No mention of how to control inflation.

    Very weak and flacid on the macroeconomic side.

    Who is advising them?

    God help Pakistan.

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  • Ameet (Love Pakistan)
    Aug 24, 2012 - 6:00PM

    there is not any objective mention regard religious discrimination………

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  • Buttler
    Aug 24, 2012 - 6:02PM

    I heard it LIVE…Great work….Now we have party that has proper plan in Black and White…NOw we need to vote them to Power….

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  • pl
    Aug 24, 2012 - 6:06PM

    This is WHAT ptis economic plan is. The problem is HOW pti will implement whatever the plan is. The coffers are empty, how will they pay for all this.

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  • Khan
    Aug 24, 2012 - 6:07PM

    Maintaining that the country cannot progress in any sector nor can justice be attained unless education is reformed in the country, Umar said, “We want one education system for one nation.”

    Very well said but any progress will be temporarily (just like in Musharraf era) unless you aggressively pursue a policy of population control and spread awareness about this core issue otherwise we will keep on building hospitals, schools & colleges, roads etc and they will never be enough. Our demands will be getting higher and higher with limited resources and society will keep deteriorating.
    Pakistan Railway & PIA must be privatize to make it profitable. Although we don’t have a magic wand to cure our electricity shortage in just few years but I’m amazed that they have missed mentioning anything about it .. any new government must start working toward reducing the power shortfall and at least update the nation annual on its progress.
    We must also give more quota for minorities in education and jobs etc to bring balance in to the society.

    Voucher system to fund students to go to private schools to fill gaps where government schools are not enough

    1) How about making it mandatory for teachers from well known private schools/colleges to have weekly lectures on general issues as visiting lecturers/teachers.
    2) How about adding another subjects from class 1 to 10th to study religion as a subject where they are taught all religions .. this will give our children more understanding and tolerance towards minorities too?

    Also, what about the millions of refugees living freely from decades and what about integration of FATA and guarding Western border?.
    These are all core problems of this society and non can be ignored.

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  • Bloom
    Aug 24, 2012 - 6:09PM

    a fool’s paradise

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  • pti jiala
    Aug 24, 2012 - 6:09PM

    Mahshallah..Great job by Asad Umer & PTI

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  • Aslam
    Aug 24, 2012 - 6:11PM

    Great, but implementation will be the tough task. 500 clean people on higher ranks in the government with Imran Khan can come true this dream. We pray for you. But first of all convince people of Pakistan to vote for PTI.

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  • sohail_kahana
    Aug 24, 2012 - 6:11PM

    I very much doubt that the PTI can carry out its agenda as after the debate-less 18 amendment, all these subjects have been fully devolved to the provinces.

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  • Abd Ul Azeem
    Aug 24, 2012 - 6:11PM

    We congratulate PTI on taking the initative regarding the prosperity of the country. These reforms once implemented then ultimately will take our country higher than higher. We support PTI morally, physically and financially if PTI will keep journey of progress and winning the hearts of the people of Pakistan.
    We need to be ensured by PTI to make reforms regarding the religious sects and save the Muslims of PK dispersing into peices.

    Change begins at home.

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  • Salman Nisar
    Aug 24, 2012 - 6:13PM

    Awesome Reforms Plan by PTI…. My Vote For Imran Khan!

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  • k. Salim Jahangir
    Aug 24, 2012 - 6:15PM

    A brilliant idea ! When fully exploited will produce tangible results,more so when a man like Asad Umar is on hand & corruption & nepotism reduced to minimal.IK good luck & God speed!!!

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  • mani
    Aug 24, 2012 - 6:15PM

    beautiful. theres still hope as long as people like asad umar and IK are still around

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  • Morons
    Aug 24, 2012 - 6:18PM

    where is land reforms?? Not a single BOLD announcement!!

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  • Shoaib
    Aug 24, 2012 - 6:20PM

    @Ali Zaidi:

    PPP or PML-N fan i assume ?

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  • Mohsin Ali
    Aug 24, 2012 - 6:21PM

    I support these reforms but i want to know one about the presidential system. We like presidential system than parliamentarian system because the people vote on their constituency candidate mostly. They do not vote the national level. We want that when PTI come into power Insha Allah the Parliamentarian system should be removes.
    Change begins at home.

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  • mussarat ahmedzeb(swat)
    Aug 24, 2012 - 6:21PM

    good work on paper but how can it be implemented with out the approval of senate?or are there senators of PTI supporters too.

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  • ullo
    Aug 24, 2012 - 6:21PM

    PTI…..A gift from God to Pakistan…..once AGAIN…..wake up and vote wisely everyone…..please for the sake of your souls….and next generations…

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  • Navid
    Aug 24, 2012 - 6:22PM

    Excellent piece of work, Hats off to PTI policy team for their hard work. Positive and constructive criticism should always be welcomed.

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  • KiJ
    Aug 24, 2012 - 6:23PM

    A job well done…

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  • sam
    Aug 24, 2012 - 6:24PM

    im optimistic about all these. In 5 year if we implement this policy we can become a prosper nation.

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  • Freeman
    Aug 24, 2012 - 6:25PM

    very possible…it will be done Inshallah…just give them a chance

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  • sam
    Aug 24, 2012 - 6:29PM

    @ Ameet
    Its economic policy.

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  • Blithe
    Aug 24, 2012 - 6:29PM

    Yes, and let’s elect police chiefs from now on…

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  • Lahori
    Aug 24, 2012 - 6:31PM

    These are more plausible then the asinine 3Es!

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  • Mirza
    Aug 24, 2012 - 6:36PM

    With all these reforms where would the money come from? When more than half of the money is spent on defense and debt servicing, where would PTI cut to spend more on education and healthcare? One has to see the % if not hard numbers for a real policy but not a wish list.
    It is a fact that Pakistan cannot keep all the perks of the huge army, old debts, and find new money. If it is too good to be true, it usually is. Nothing personal we have heard promises and more promises but not real plans.

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  • Aug 24, 2012 - 6:42PM

    @Ali Zaidi. I guess you should watch the whole conference, the implementation process and executing details of all the main points including the above mentioned ones was given to the last dot. If something was missed, it was answered in the Question answer session. The above points are not even the 30% of what was presented in the whole conference..

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  • Falcon
    Aug 24, 2012 - 6:44PM

    Great work by PTI. Whether you agree with it or not, at least have the courtesy to acknowledge the positive step. Most of these targets seem realistic, specially the ones on education.

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  • Arsalan
    Aug 24, 2012 - 6:46PM

    I don’t want to mention here that aiming high is not a crime here, to convert the dream into reality is. Personally, I think these things would contribute us to be uplifted but doing this needs an organized team with experience in all fields, specially in dealing with civil bureaucracy, establishment & foreign influences. If they can deal with them, then can deliver otherwise we will find these aims proving traditional poppycocks..!Recommend

  • k. Salim Jahangir
    Aug 24, 2012 - 6:47PM

    @Ali Zaidi………brother you seem to be a compulsive averse person.Have a heart things will take positive shape once PTI is in saddle ! Remember these are out lines announced by Asad Umar & at this stage the modus operandi is not declared.

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  • Dr Janjua
    Aug 24, 2012 - 6:48PM

    Sab Se Keh Do Saaf Saaf
    Insaaf…………Insaf…………..

    Insha Allah they will deliver if their is no leg pulling from PML n..Recommend

  • Shahid Shah
    Aug 24, 2012 - 6:51PM

    With these policy statements, we can focus our efforts and can direct our energies. We couldn’t realize our potential if we have no direction. Congratulations on putting this effort together. Hope others learn from it too.

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  • zia
    Aug 24, 2012 - 6:52PM

    PTI Rocks!

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  • Sameer
    Aug 24, 2012 - 6:53PM

    Consistently, PTI supporters fail to understand that to implement reforms at grassroots level, you need real representation from the grassroots level in the top leadership. PTI’s leadership contains old faces from the status quo. One man alone, as prime minister, cannot implement such revolutionary reforms in a parliamentary system, which would be dominated by a set of people, for whom such reforms will go against their material interests.

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  • Falcon
    Aug 24, 2012 - 6:53PM

    @Meekal A Ahmed:
    There is a good probability that ET covered taxation section in detail. I have to look up the presentation in detail to answer your questions. But as a whole, the guideline they were sticking to is to move away from indirect taxation to direct taxation in phased manner, which also requires reducing multiple layers of taxation or at least the burden across different layers and getting rid of most of the exemptions (which includes agricultural and services sector you are referring to). Furthermore, they were also planning to ratchet up on provincial taxation and local taxation, specially on subjects such as real estate capital gains.

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  • Samreen
    Aug 24, 2012 - 6:58PM

    These reforms are crap and useless. They won’t help Pakistan because they have no mention of yellow cabs, motorways and nuclear blast. Pakistan can not succeed if these three things are not there.

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  • Cheema
    Aug 24, 2012 - 7:07PM

    @Kumail

    Devolution of Musharraf gave the country prosperity, economic growth and development at gross root level. While your leaders still prefer Gora Raag through DCs and Patwaries because they have no dieas other than wasting billions in useless schemes such as yellow cab, sasti roti, Danish schools and laptop distribution.

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  • Adeel
    Aug 24, 2012 - 7:14PM
  • Tariq
    Aug 24, 2012 - 7:17PM

    It was such an important policy seminar conducted by one of the up coming party of Pakistan. As a Pakistani I need to know what are my alternatives besides the two rouge parties PPP and PMLN. Its the responsibility of our so called free media to educate us to help us make our choices.. I regret to say that none of the channels gave it coverage it deserved. I am unable to understand why? may be central govt and punjab govt budget for media is playing its part….
    ARY spent 20 minutes on wheeling of motorcycles and less than a minute on this very important event conducted by pti. Same was the case was on Geo.
    Anyway, I am sure Imran Khan is the man… They can not stop him..Inshallah

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  • Neutral Observer
    Aug 24, 2012 - 7:18PM

    @Ch. Allah Daad:
    Mate you need to get a life. You’ve been bad mouthing and criticising PTI on every forum without anything constructive to say. But then again you are a typical PML-N supporter/worker/servant and that sort of incompetence and foolishness is to be expected from PML-N. I can see flames buring within PML-N ranks. At least PTI had the intellectual ability to present something like this; your incompetent bosses in Raiwand can’t even dream of producing anyhting like this. They spend all their time devising strategies for moving wealth from Pakistan to Jeddah and London and employing people like you, Mushahidullah, Khwaja Asif, Ahsan Iqbal, Hanif Abbassi (the list goes on) who can bash PTI without anything constructive to say or beat PTI through intellectual debate.

    Every time you bash PTI on ET, you make a fool out of yourself. It’s very obvious who you work for now. Stop becoming a laughing stock here.

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  • QB
    Aug 24, 2012 - 7:21PM

    Awesome.

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  • sabi
    Aug 24, 2012 - 7:21PM

    “On the right hand, Imran Khan will be taking his oath as the prime minister, while on the left hand, such (lavish) buildings will be bulldozed,” said Umar.”
    This is what his dear brothers already doing in kp.He is very cunning and knows this is the easiest way to fulfil his promise and rest of his tenure reminding people he has done it.(destroyed whatever heritage this poor country has)He has nothing in his pocket but some childish slogans.Pakistan will not accept you believe me.

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  • abc
    Aug 24, 2012 - 7:24PM

    A pragmatic approach towards greater Pakistan.

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  • Logic Europe
    Aug 24, 2012 - 7:24PM

    SALJEET selling is easier ,,because no body will challenge you after spending money
    A country can not be run by mere good wishes
    As it is there is nothing in this programme

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  • anwar
    Aug 24, 2012 - 7:24PM

    @Ali Zaidi:
    OK, in your very clever mind what should Imran do?
    Thats all he can do at this stage. Please be constructive
    peace

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  • sabi
    Aug 24, 2012 - 7:25PM

    Imran khan you started with justice movement-You are ending with destruction movement.

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  • Anti-mullah
    Aug 24, 2012 - 7:30PM

    Well at least some one is talking about the future of Pakistan.

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  • A Pakistani
    Aug 24, 2012 - 7:30PM

    Few things are good like Railway, PIA, FBR, NAB etc but rest of the items are just like Literature. Every one knows following items are true in general and nothing NEW; What exact strategy will be adopted by PTI Govt is not mentioned; I donot see any policy for the real ‘CHANGE’;
    1) Increase budget for education & sports (every party promises, this is not a CHANGE policy)
    2) Increase Export (every party promises, this is not a CHANGE policy)
    3) Raise revenue by ensuring tax collection (every party promises, this is not a CHANGE policy)
    4) Leverage private/public/NGOs for mega skill development program (every party promises, this is not a CHANGE policy)
    5) Resolve Circular Debt through moving to lower cost production (Allparties will promise this, How you will that ??)
    6) Establishing of Local Govt (it is was done by Musharaff Govt, but failed miserably becasue of political pundits, what is NEW about this)
    7) Boost agriculture output and farm incomes (every party promises, this is not a CHANGE policy)
    8) Rapid industrial growth for generating jobs, boosting exports (every party promises, this is not a CHANGE policy)
    9) Regional trade to diversify markets (every party promises, this is not a CHANGE policy)

    AH, where are the policies which will really bring CHANGE ???

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  • R.A
    Aug 24, 2012 - 7:30PM

    Words are all I have
    To take your vote away
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  • Midhat
    Aug 24, 2012 - 7:31PM

    First time I have heard any detailed talks about policy making in an election campaign in Pakistan. To all those critising it and calling it bluff, this is how it happens in west and all developed countries. People vote according to policies and who has better solutions, btw to hear it from a man of ASAD UMAR’S calliber, He definately knows what he is speaking. For the sake of Pakistan I wish PTI WINS

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  • mushtaq
    Aug 24, 2012 - 7:32PM

    great economic policy. Vote PTI.

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  • Someone
    Aug 24, 2012 - 7:35PM

    PTI will never succeed because empowering local Govt is not in Bureaucrat,s interest.

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  • Anwar suhail
    Aug 24, 2012 - 8:06PM

    Not bad at all. Light at the end of the tunnel.
    AS

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  • Samir
    Aug 24, 2012 - 8:08PM

    Better than roti, kapra and makaan anytime

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  • Qasim Raza
    Aug 24, 2012 - 8:19PM

    Only two kind of people will vote for PML-N; first, the people with myopic vested interests and second, who are totally oblivious of the political landscape of the country and the long term vision for development and progress. Voting for PTI is justifiable on so many accounts viz, it a new progressive political force untested hitherto, it is the only political party with genuine vision and unambiguous manifesto, every sane and farsighted Pakistani would vote for PTI ( i am not talking about the narrow sighted uneducated fellow citizens who believe in electing a candidate who provides jobs to their children but leaving the future of their grandchildren in dismay ), and finally the other major political parties have failed to deliver despite their repeated attempts to govern the country and their lofty claims to steer the country out of crises. And let me clarify that i am not saying the PTI will dramatically change our country , but i believe that it is the right horse to bet on.

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  • PTI Mardan
    Aug 24, 2012 - 8:20PM

    @Nadeem:
    Well they can only “word” their policy right now because PTI is NOT in the govt.They can implement their plans once PTI forms the govt.So lets have faith.I think its absurd to compare PTI (not tried yet) with PPP,PMLN(both tried,tested and failed).When Imran Khan can accomplish something like shokat Khanum while not holding any govt position,the we can expect a lot from him when he is in charge of the country.

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  • Tahir
    Aug 24, 2012 - 8:22PM

    Good policy outline, however the implementation strategy of each sector is not given. And there is nothing about steel mill the white elephant of Pakistan. And the most important there is no clear solution of energy crises and creation of jobs.

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  • Naeem
    Aug 24, 2012 - 8:23PM

    Great presentation. Pakistanis should vote IK if they want to change Pakistan. Please for God sake it is going to be the last chance for all to bring change in Pakistan. Otherwise, same old lot is getting ready to plunder this country mercilessly again.

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  • Mahmood
    Aug 24, 2012 - 8:25PM

    How to tackle defence and debt servicing. If a PPT is economic plan….then why do Phds! Devil is in details. Where are the details.

    Finance Commissioner idea is same as envisaged by Musharref.

    All ideas are sketchy without any homework.

    Detailed , to the point ideas required, seen hundreds of such presentations in schools and Universities.

    Realities are bitter.

    But wish them good luck.

    Routine ideas, nothing revolutionary here.

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  • Hamood
    Aug 24, 2012 - 8:34PM

    PPP and PML(N) policy statement…”Make money back that you spent on your elections…10 times over”.

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  • Falcon
    Aug 24, 2012 - 8:38PM

    @Mirza:
    I understand what you are saying but you have to put all the bits of PTI policy together. What PTI is focusing on increasing the tax-to-GDP ratio as the key step. Without that, you are right, there is no way we will have enough fiscal space to increase spending on healthcare and education. Our tax-to-GDP ratio (9%) is one of the worst in the world and needs to be improved dramatically, regardless of who is in the government (and to be honest it is not that difficult only if political willingness exists to get rid of elite protected tax exemptions). And in my humble view, PTI has much better chance at this because of its ability to shore up tax morale in the country vs. other options.

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  • pad singh
    Aug 24, 2012 - 8:39PM

    well done. Pti.

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  • Kamran
    Aug 24, 2012 - 8:43PM

    @Hassan: Dude, you missed the slide where Asad mentioned “Agriculture” in the list of sectors to be taxed.. in fact, PTI mentioned in that slide that ALL sectors will be taxed.

    @ Critics: This was an overview presentation, which full details of implementation (i wonder why you didnt hear that when Asad repeatedly mentioned it)

    @ Farhan: dude, you missed PTI’s comprehensive Energy seminar held a while ago, they have excellent presentations by Shokat Tareen and crew on Energy crises and solutions (i.e. How)

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  • Aftab
    Aug 24, 2012 - 8:54PM

    Excellent preparation from a much respected individual. There should be no doubt left in any persons mind about Imran Khan’s sincerity and ambition to make this country great. Much needed reforms are immediately required to steer this country towards a prosperous future. VOTE FOR HIM AND HELP HIM WIN THE NEXT ELECTIONS WITH A MAJORITY

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  • Safdar
    Aug 24, 2012 - 9:02PM

    This is very superficial. Disappointed at the lack of depth in this policy …

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  • Truth Bites
    Aug 24, 2012 - 9:04PM

    At least given some economic policy objectives in real terms instead of just slogans. This will prompt others to follow PTI example and come up with even copy paste plans, this will be a good start for Pakistani politics which until now just done by exploiting people of Pakistan! Well done PTI!

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  • KiJ
    Aug 24, 2012 - 9:11PM

    @Nadir: if you watch the whole presentation, you will find answers to all your question…

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  • Obaidullah
    Aug 24, 2012 - 9:12PM

    PTI is the only mean to chang the system .And IMRAN KHAN is the only hope to save PAKISTAN .

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  • Zain ul Abideen
    Aug 24, 2012 - 9:12PM

    @Nadir: Good try PML-N but wer arent going to let you do the crtl+c crtl+v this time. Stick to PPP’s “Es”

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  • TNT
    Aug 24, 2012 - 9:12PM

    @Nadir:
    only if u would see the detail papers or hear the presentation, ud know wat is going on. a news piece would never give you an over all policy. by the way, which other party has come up with any such thing? they governed many times, yet they dont have any policy.

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  • TNT
    Aug 24, 2012 - 9:16PM

    @Ch. Allah Daad:
    ur the same breed of people who first said imran doesnt have elecatables, once he got them, your criticise.. then you say he doesnt have policy, now when he is presenting his policy, u call it words only…
    well for your kind info, policies are words. they become reality when the party comes into power. and you will see how imran does it. All you life you can do is blind criticism without knowing anything at all.

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  • Shah
    Aug 24, 2012 - 9:17PM

    @Farhan:
    They Have Already Given An Energy Raodmap and The Local Government System Presented By Them Has An Increased Importance for The Vilage Unlike The Musharaf Era One Where Importance Was Given To The District Nazim

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  • Amjad
    Aug 24, 2012 - 9:17PM

    @Farhan:
    Farhan Energy crisis was discussed in a separate seminar .. Kindly go through that presentation which is available on internet ( google it )…

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  • just_someone
    Aug 24, 2012 - 9:19PM

    @@ishiPTI:
    ok, some of those valuations are comeplete absurd man. i mean alvi has a 1500 yrd house in clifton that is worth only 5 million rs?? my parents recently sold their 200 yrd house in north nazimabad for 10 million, how can his statement be true at all!!!Recommend

  • Aug 24, 2012 - 9:22PM

    The policy does not include Compulsory Primary Education for ALL children; revamping the 1861 police structure; getting rid of divisions, districts and Tehesils and replace them with Municipal govts thus having only THREE levels of govts: Fed, Prov and municipal as in all Western countries; making more provinces as in Turkey where every 1.2 million people have their own province and 80,000 people have municipal govt. PTI will be like any other status quo govt- if they form it- and they will just do some little tinkering. Unfortunate Pakistan!!

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  • Amjad
    Aug 24, 2012 - 9:25PM

    @A Pakistani:
    there’s no cure for absurdity my friend .. After reading your point number 1 ( criticism ) i can conclude that u r NOT at all ready to accept anything thrown by PTI .. that’s ur mind set ant that’s really why i didn’;t bother read ur other points as i got pretty clearly that u r one of the haters..

    this is EXACTLY how PTI is different, other parties also promised education budget rise but NEVER implemented it in real.. and PTI will inshallah implement it. and Before they fail us, u have NO RIGHT in the world to criticize some one for something that he didn’t even do. how can you say PTI will not implement it? are you God ??Recommend

  • Asghar kiani
    Aug 24, 2012 - 9:36PM

    Well, i expected them to define goals and then explain the strategy to achieve them. If they want to enhance spending in one sector then were they will apply cuts. While making policy they have to keep in front the allocations of present budget/spending. Asad umar needs to understand that vague statements will take us no where.

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  • Ali Zaidi
    Aug 24, 2012 - 9:36PM

    @shoaib no not at alll. Its just so insane appreciating something without knowing any details of it or without knowing the full plan.
    My vote is still for PTI at least they can come up with headings.Recommend

  • Salman Zafar
    Aug 24, 2012 - 9:40PM

    @Farhan:
    Energy Policy has already be declared… And also the Local Govt. Policy…

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  • SAK
    Aug 24, 2012 - 9:41PM

    To all those who are questioning the Policy and Its WHEN and HOW Things.
    Policy is made up of two parts. 1.Vision 2. Frame Work.
    In this article you can see the VISION part. Framework is made accordingly to achieve goals mentioned in the vision part when the time comes. It can not be documented most of the times. But you judge it when its in operation.

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  • Raheem Bukhsh
    Aug 24, 2012 - 9:42PM

    Get all policies in detailed documented form and publish it in a booklet as people want to know these policies in detail. Common man of small cities does not have any idea about it. These booklets will do a great for u. Around 25,000 copies per district would be enough.

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  • Asher Rafiq
    Aug 24, 2012 - 9:48PM

    @Acorn Guts:
    Same here!! IK should tell his stance on religious,Minorities and pro Taliban. Being a Christian I want to know his stance. If he can’t do anything to protect rights of minorities then he is just like all other so called awami leaders.

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  • Khan of Cape Town
    Aug 24, 2012 - 9:53PM

    @Nadir: At least someone is thinking about the future. You expect them to hand you over an extensive policy of few hundred pages in one hour. This objecting and not praising policy has brought us to this nadir, Mr. Nadir.

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  • Khan of Cape Town
    Aug 24, 2012 - 9:55PM

    @Ch. Allah Daad: Not Imran’s friends, but your mindset.

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  • Fahd
    Aug 24, 2012 - 10:02PM

    For all the people who are worried about the how part, and are criticizing the lack of depth, HOW are u supposed to write details in a small presentation? U loosers need to understand that this is just a basic paper, the actuall detailed policy and the exact steps are too detailed to explain in a simple presentation. Get a life loosers.

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  • hamza khan
    Aug 24, 2012 - 10:08PM

    not an imran supporter on many issues, but i support any effor to reform the socio-economic condition of pakistan and do support these measures. the country will fall behind too far if things are not changed soon. the socio economic progress of pakistan trumps all other political issues.

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  • shahid kinnare
    Aug 24, 2012 - 10:22PM

    Pakistan Army control eighty percent of Pakistan economy, other fifteenth present is control by foreign investment how PTI is going to handle them.

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  • ZEN
    Aug 24, 2012 - 10:27PM

    Give PTI a chance!! Have tried other two parties and we know what they delivered and not delivered. Give a chance to PTI. InshAllah, they will deliver.

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  • NO BS
    Aug 24, 2012 - 10:32PM

    As an economist, I am impressed at the detailed planning already put in place by PTI. They will need it because the status quo (ppp/pmln/allies) will leave only a big mess

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  • Satan
    Aug 24, 2012 - 11:07PM

    Tax evasion shall not be tolerated. I am currently living in the United States and if you evade even the minutest of tax *THEY PUT YOU DOWN RIGHT AWAY,TAKE WHAT YOU OWE AND IMPRISON YOU THE VERY MOMENT WITH HUGE FINES.

    In Pakistan, we don’t get the punishment for murdering someone as severe as people here get for downloading torrents or copying and selling pirated audio CD.

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  • AJ
    Aug 24, 2012 - 11:20PM

    INDIA here…I am depressed to see this :D

    Jokes apart, if this seems superficial..alternatives should be provided. At least someone in politics cares to present the future layout of their development schemes…

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  • Salim
    Aug 24, 2012 - 11:20PM

    “devolve all power from his hands down to the grass-root, village level to decentralise power”
    How to make village people understand this, who have lived and are living under the shadow of their Landlords for the last 65 years!
    One education system for one nation: You will need quite a group of dedicated academicians in your group from all ethnic regions. Need massive translations! How will you shun the private lobby of business oriented so called educationists! How to handle the 800000 madrassah students! Need some very concrete solution!

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  • Ahsan Mlk
    Aug 24, 2012 - 11:23PM

    “On the right hand, Imran Khan will be taking his oath as the prime minister, while on the left hand, such (lavish) buildings will be bulldozed,” said Umar.”

    Misquote.

    What he said was “…boundary walls will be demolished, and buildings converted into educational institutes…”

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  • Raheem
    Aug 24, 2012 - 11:30PM

    Most political parties announce their policies this way. Its too early in the political process to come up with a detailed plan. How many other political parties including PPP and PML (N) have announced their economic plan? I dont think they even have one.

    I am sure PML (N) has one. It is called Ittefaq Group and PPP is called Swiss Bank Accounts.

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  • Mr. T
    Aug 24, 2012 - 11:55PM

    Good for a start. BUT Would be good if a detailed strategy or implementation plan is also coupled with this. Otherwise, this is just a wishlist which is on the minds of every educated Pakistani who understands the system!!!

    Its about time PTI should put their words to action or at least lay out how they aim to achieve these target!!!

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  • gp65
    Aug 25, 2012 - 12:27AM

    @Falcon: “Great work by PTI. Whether you agree with it or not, at least have the courtesy to acknowledge the positive step. Most of these targets seem realistic, specially the ones on education.”

    I certainly acknowledge the effort. I did see some gaps/discrepancies which should be considered to make the plan more robust:

    !) Increasing education to 5% of GDP (from current 2%) and increasing health spending to 2.6% from the current0.8%. This means that spending on health and education will go up to 7.6% of GDP in a country where taxes are less than 9% of GDP and debts servicing is about 4.5% of GDP. Even if Imran succeeds in improving tz to GDP ratio to 13% which would be a 50% growth, there is no way these ambitious health and education spending targets can be achieved wthout a significant reduction in security spending. Can Pakistan afford that when for all practical purposes there is a civil war brewing? Also if PTI intends to increase investment from 12.6% to 21%, it will need to significantly improve security to motivate people to invest.

    2) Imran wants to increase devolution to the lowest level and reduced centralized decision making (which is desirable). However in decentralized systems of governance, deicionmaking slows down since more stakeholders are needed to be consulted to evolve a consensus. SO his ambitious and aggressive change plans are inconsistent with plans to aggressively decentralize. Also on the one hand he wants to give funds to each village but on other hand take away funds given to MNAs? What is the rationale there?

    3) Focus on girls education is right but being soft on Taliban who have blown up over 500 girls schools gives a mixed message.

    4) The doctors in Lahore and Balochistan have repeatedly gone on strikes in recent times. Ancors have agreed that some of their grievances are legitimate. So if the health budget increases, a large chunk of it will simply go to increased salaries for doctors rather than improving health infrastructure. Also, when India was improving its health budget, ut ran into the fact that a) there simply were not enough doctors and nurses being produced by the system b) those that stayed in the country were unwilling to go to the villages where the greatest need was c) being soft on Taliban who prevent vaccination again seems like an inconsistency.

    Anyway presenting plans is a good thing because only then do people have a chance o provide feedback.

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  • Zeta
    Aug 25, 2012 - 12:37AM

    Asad Umar for the Finance Minister of Pakistan

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  • zafar ullah
    Aug 25, 2012 - 12:44AM

    To all those who are asking , where, when , how questions, the easiest things in the whole world is to criticize , and the more you criticize, the more it shows your own impotence , cheers

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  • Muhammad Abdul Wahab
    Aug 25, 2012 - 1:01AM

    What would be avenue of revenue…at one point we are saying that we are going to reduce the taxes and on the same side you are increasing education and health and bla bla bla….These aforesaid statements are PTI recommendations for growth,,,,where the policies….

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  • DevilHunterX
    Aug 25, 2012 - 1:01AM

    WELCOME CHANGE!

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  • Aug 25, 2012 - 1:11AM

    What would be avenue of revenue…at one point we are saying that we are going to reduce the taxes and on the same side you are increasing education and health and bla bla bla….These aforesaid statements are PTI recommendations for growth,,,,where are the policies….Atleast they should have read ongoing Framework for Economic Growth of Pakistan…Planning Commission document….This document is quiet close to reality in terms of problem identification to our economy and its solution,,,,,

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  • WB
    Aug 25, 2012 - 1:28AM

    IK NEXT PM!!

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  • Mazher Mehboob
    Aug 25, 2012 - 1:31AM

    At least I see some policy… good work…seems like there is some light at the end of the tunnel

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  • khamosh
    Aug 25, 2012 - 1:47AM

    as my comments are not getting posted, I will not post any comments. The policies given by PTI is too broad.. implementation kesay ho gee?

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  • Optimist
    Aug 25, 2012 - 1:53AM

    C’mon people, where will the money come from? Maybe from the fact that there be considerably less corruption within the nation hence more money available for public. Also note for a lot of them, it is a change in % of GDP hence he is restructuring govt. expenditure from being based more on govt. lavish to education and health.

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  • Saad Durrani
    Aug 25, 2012 - 2:16AM

    Well, on paper it looks so rosy. But then again, anything would be better than this ‘democracy’.

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  • Ali Syed
    Aug 25, 2012 - 2:45AM

    Education budget from 2% to 5% in five years? Not impressed. I really wish PTI try giving education a larger budget.

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  • afzaalkhan
    Aug 25, 2012 - 2:46AM

    Reading all anti-PTI comments remind me famous Omar Sharif dialogue “jali jali, tapi tapi”
    All I can say is “jal gaya? burnol lagaiye” :)

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  • Dr. Atiq
    Aug 25, 2012 - 3:00AM

    Congratulation! finally PTI evolved a blue print of their strategic plan. I strongly support their plan. However, I have some submissions for consideration:

    It is not an easy task to handle powerful unions and invisible hands in PIA, Railway and Pakistan Steel. Without developing adequate understanding about the power dynamics, PTI’s plans may end in fiasco.

    Increasing investment without giving boost to saving is not going to be realized.

    Governance is very difficult and dangerous area. PTI envisages to implement Civil Services Reforms. It is unfortunate that such reforms (proposed by earlier commissions) are very likely to empower bureaucracy – reinforce steel frame…Perhaps, PTI experts need to gain deeper insights into working of bureaucratic system. If they are really serious about it, they will have to break and mold steelframe… create a balance between generalists and specialists…and much more…

    Agriculture: Almost neglected area. In past, powerful mafia have managed to hijack all interventions for their own interests under the cover of agri. Umar might be knowing very well about one segment of such mafia.

    Real estate can’t be overlooked if investment is to be driven to the productive sector.

    Most critical area for intervention is the revival of dignity and self-esteem of common man. Common man is humiliated every day in one way or the other way. Without protecting their dignity, any progress would be totally meaningless.

    I suggest PTI to set-up a research cell in the Secretariat of the Party having teams of experts on all vital areas of socio-economic development.

    …. many more areas are there which need attention….

    Best wishes to PTI

    Dr. Atiq

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  • karachiwala
    Aug 25, 2012 - 10:34AM

    Well laid out policy, let us see if these can be supported by strategy and tactics to actullay implement this. It is not easy to put these into operation. Nawaz can also come up with a similar plan, what needs to be seen is what and how they plan to implement. Also need to see some prioritization of the key activities.

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  • SKATZ
    Aug 25, 2012 - 10:54AM

    While it is a good initiative to put out an economic policy program, there is little concrete in here apart from flowery platitudes. Someone with Asad Umer’s aptitude should have gone into more detail on crucial matters of how all of this increased spending required will be funded particularly in the face of the dire economic outlook.

    However am hoping that things will become more crystallized as the party gets ready for the upcoming election. Also hoping that they spell out a more concrete program on Foreign policy and legislative reform as well in the near future….

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  • Umair Tayyab
    Aug 25, 2012 - 11:12AM

    Overall good policy, but agriculture tax should be implemented, how to tackle with TAX thieves, how to reduce tax leaks., and finally execution and funding ….. ?????

    by the way what would be the target growth rate for next 5 years. remember (Mr. Khan has anti american stance that surely will lead fewer foreign AID).

    how would PTI team ensure the Max usage out of available resources ????

    No clear instructions for economic uplift of rfural, remote areas.(even cities at distance from Lahore and karachi has very low quality of life.)

    any policy for skill uplift for not technical personals ?

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  • Habib
    Aug 25, 2012 - 12:31PM

    Imran Khan and Asad Umar have a track record of implementing their visions as well as their dreams.Just compare their achievements with their competitors and you will know.Insha Allah Pakistan will flourish under PTI.

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  • Hammad
    Aug 25, 2012 - 1:33PM

    An idea has the power to change the world. These are ideas, let them build, improve, and implement. PTI has my full support! Imran Khan has my full devotion!

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  • imioni
    Aug 25, 2012 - 2:15PM

    after reading the comments few observations:-
    1. any policy good/bad implementable or other wise is better than NO POLICY
    2. most criticism (not all) mentioned in comments section can be termed as passionate denials rather than logical arguments (my assessment u may differ)
    3. debate on economic policy details isn’t it some thing new in pakistan, it is a healthy sign
    4. even if we think details are missing shouldnt we help plug in the gap by providing “details”. well i cant provide details my self as am no economist i expect “experts to pitch in with alternatives and details. All i can say is that i have been a student of macroeconomics and i think on surface it looks a policy statement in right direction and plausible, though difficult as acknowledged by asad umer.

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  • mystreeman
    Aug 25, 2012 - 2:21PM

    Oh “Punjabi Taliban Ittehad” (PTI) is making the people of Pakistan fool with these secular agendas to grab power and turn the state into an autocratic state where Imran rules supreme.

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  • Aug 25, 2012 - 2:27PM

    well done pti you shut mouth of every other partys we love you all pti pease keep promise and delivers we love pakistan we love imran khan

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  • Abdullah
    Aug 25, 2012 - 3:00PM

    All genius out here who are just Haters of PTI and is saying this that how will they do it??For them they should first read the detailed papers and then do their bla bla bla…This is the maximum details one can give on policy papers rest is minute details which are done while carrying out the projects..E.g when he said PTI will expolore the indigenous resources then how can he tell u rght now that we will get this and that from that expoloration. Hatres should give suggestions rather than stupid things that how when,where etc

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  • mystreeman
    Aug 25, 2012 - 3:38PM

    God save Pakistan from “Punjabi Taliban Ittehad”

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  • Syed Bilal
    Aug 25, 2012 - 3:39PM

    Million Times better than vision of PML N and PPP. Way to go Policy wing PTI..! Superb work.

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  • Aimal Khan
    Aug 25, 2012 - 4:49PM

    I don’t understand why people here have already started criticizing for not being able to implement these policies. for God sake people, they are not even in the government. they are presenting their party manifesto like in every democratic country in the world (maybe except pakistan). these plans are for ONCE THEY GET INTO GOVERNMENT. some people dont seem to understand this simple concept.

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  • Alik
    Aug 25, 2012 - 5:22PM

    @Nadir: I agree with you. This is no plan just a bunch of statements. It’s time to see an implementation strategy. Also would’ve liked to see something to improve the legal system i.e. improvement in the number/quality of legislators

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  • Freeman
    Aug 25, 2012 - 5:26PM

    @Mirza: Please read in full policy before you comment here read in full PTI Ecomonical POLICY ON their own site or facebook page. They will cut from defence and Government unproductive expenditures. Also cut down the Ministries from 37 to 17. It will be obvious result in less governmental expenditures. Also by controlling corruption and refoming in Tax policy they can collect at least 2000 Billion Rs. more per year.

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  • muhammad
    Aug 25, 2012 - 5:28PM

    Atleast debate has been triggered. There is always room to improve nothing to worry about. we should be optimistic. Even otherwise who else is there to do anything to make Pakistan economically viable? PPP, PML(N) or military dictatorship who is primarily responsible for all this fiasco.

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  • Ali S
    Aug 25, 2012 - 8:22PM

    PTI does have some very competent people in its ranks who understand economics, have great business credentials and are otherwise non-political – Imran Khan needs to give these people a free hand and bring them to the forefront of the party instead of political heavyweights like Javed Hashmi and SMQ.

    So far the policies sound promising, but I hope that IK isn’t micromanaging every aspect of the party – like the point about “giving time to tax evaders to come clean”, those who have been evading taxes so far probably won’t have a sudden change of heart just because IK is their PM, it’s naive thinking. But still, even if PTI is able to deliver on a fraction of these policies, I think they deserve to be in government. Also, can anyone tell me where can I read a detailed PDF of PTI’s administrative policies?

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  • Khalid Bukhari
    Aug 25, 2012 - 8:32PM

    Health spending is 0.5% GDP, no road map is there other political parties have almost same, but still nothing practical.Most crupt Nazim System we experienced in Last regimen. I don’t feel impressive if you watch speeches of Frooq Laghri (late) and Mr Mush they were presenting even better but nothing they can offer practical, even after most power full person in country.
    These don’t know what is our real potential there in rocket science Look at Jodan the country with out having any resource.

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  • Ashraf
    Aug 25, 2012 - 8:45PM

    Similar syllabus in all educational institutions, not giving MPs development funds and monetising perks and privileges of officials are the solid points which would bring difference. Rest is all nice talk. Let’s hope for the better.

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  • Usama
    Aug 25, 2012 - 8:48PM

    Geo Asad Umer…you relle ROCK!

    Inshallah IK will Implement this….We are with you Khan sab…

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  • Pan-economic?
    Aug 25, 2012 - 8:49PM

    Dashing Asad Umar is Better Looking than Lazy Abdul Hafeez Sheikh

    PTI for the WIN!

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  • Dean
    Aug 26, 2012 - 12:42AM

    some people on here are just doing CATHARSIS.

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  • Aug 26, 2012 - 7:55AM

    Looks great on paper. Grounds realities are not so simple. I personally think if any one works for betterment of country must b supported instead of just opposition. If PTI is missing anything in its policy, professionals from other parties should help them in preparing a common policy on some serious issues what Pakistan is facing today. And after elections anyone come into power must stick with that policy framework. PTI should also come up with realistic approach. Pakistan have very complicated issues its not the game of days or 100 days as IK said. We have to finalize a national level policy on terrorism and religious extremism those who think this is only because of U.S will change their minds soon. Its the process of many years even when we will be on right track…..

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  • SAJ!
    Aug 26, 2012 - 1:28PM

    Well Done Asad Umar.. A revolutionary step by PTI. PML-N trolls should use burnoll now.

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  • Doorie
    Aug 26, 2012 - 3:33PM

    @ Nadir…it will be achieved by coming into the Power….and how ? through you Me and all the People of Pakistan

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  • alamgir
    Aug 26, 2012 - 5:02PM

    Great !! now it seems we have educated people in politics and we are geting mature in politics now we have to use the power ov vote many literate paki dont go for votes soo plz we shud need to goo !.. and vote tO PTI ..

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  • Nazir Ahmed
    Aug 26, 2012 - 7:45PM

    On right track. That is what is required. Best wishes for success in implementing it. I vote for you.

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  • Nazir Ahmed
    Aug 26, 2012 - 7:53PM

    @Meekal A Ahmed:
    I think they made a big mistake in not making you their planner.

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  • Usman
    Aug 27, 2012 - 2:05AM

    For those who are challenging this great effort, calling it a rhetoric and asking for detailed procedure and action plan:

    Shutting PM, Govervor houses and slashing presidency budget by 50% is just a glimpse of things to come
    This policy and such documents capture theme and vision and NOT a detailed implementation plan or procedure.

    Hats off to the team – brave vision – if only we as nation could wake up to the call

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  • Obaid
    Aug 27, 2012 - 3:40AM

    The biggest time bomb tickling on Pakistan’s horizon is the massive population growth rate . When the country broke in 1971 , we were 50 million and Bengalis were 70 million . Today , after 41 years , they are 130 million and we are 190 million . Is any one realisng where we are heading to ?Every problem of the country lies here . Asad , you have talked about privatising Railways and PIA but have you realised that the magnitude of unemployment it will create ? Is there any realization on your part about the ever growing urbanisation , and the problems associated with us ? Sorry , I am hugely dissappointed .

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  • Aug 27, 2012 - 5:26AM

    well done janab asad saib well done

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  • naim ur rehman
    Aug 28, 2012 - 10:14PM

    Well done Imran the most important thing is to put a break on the massive disaster towards which we as a nation are heading. I personally feel that in your first year of governance if you are able to at least stop the negative growth, think you self a winner.We as a nation have to get rid of all professional politicians who are looting us with we never realizing it. Best of luck and i wish you God speed

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  • sultan n khan
    Aug 29, 2012 - 12:07PM

    The vision is bright and positive.Man behind the gun is honest,sincere and dependable who alone can deliver out of the existing lot of ‘leaders’.We all know that Pakistan has the potentials and Imran khan/PTI has the will to deliver.So lets give him a chance…GOOD LUCK PAKISTANRecommend

  • Kashif
    Aug 30, 2012 - 5:58PM

    An Excellent Preliminary Lay-OUt of what needs to be done and how to get it Done.
    A structral and political reformer required in pakistan to take the country at its boost and I think Imran and his team have lots of potential to do this.
    The Economic Policy is actually showing PTI’s caliber and interest to resolve the problems of paksitan.
    if they implement even 40% of whatever they ahve described in thier Economic Vision pakistan will be at peak in Asia, I believe.
    Very Good Imran Khan & Team…. we hope you will change the destiny of this country
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  • Anni
    Sep 2, 2012 - 11:32AM

    Well, job done by Asad Umar on economic reforms but he should also mention here the infra-structure/ mechanism for the collection of Zakaat, Fitra & other donations/ sadaqaat and their utility for the poor people of Pakistan.

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  • ajm
    Sep 27, 2012 - 9:40AM

    Nice economic plan, but from where u find the people to implement this plan, as u are saying that u are going to decenteralise , it mean again corruption at low level and hence no change…..
    May Allah Pak help us……

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