Plethora of speculations: PML-N delays unfurling of party manifesto

Party sources cite approaching ‘long march’ as reason for the deferral.

Qamar Zaman January 07, 2013
Party sources cite approaching ‘long march’ as reason for the deferral. PHOTO: FILE


In view of Minhaj-ul-Quran International (MQI) chief Dr Tahirul Qadri’s ‘million-man march’, Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N) delayed on Sunday the announcement of its party manifesto, prior to the 2013 general elections, party sources said.

“It is unlikely that the manifesto would be unveiled prior to Dr Qadri’s long march,” sources in the party told The Express Tribune.

PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif had termed Dr Qadri’s arrival “a conspiracy”, and vowed to thwart every effort aimed at derailing democracy.

Even though Dr Qadri’s arrival brought the opposition and the government on the same page, PML-N has decided to delay the announcement of its manifesto, in the run-up to the general elections.

Experts within the party had been toiling night and day to meet the January 5 deadline, when a party convention was scheduled to take place in Islamabad to mark the anniversary of the creation of the Muslim League and to announce the manifesto.

According to sources, the party does not want its new manifesto to go unnoticed as the media’s attention, at this particular juncture, is on Dr Qadri and developments related to his long march.

Ahsan Iqbal’s version

Denying these claims, PML-N Deputy Secretary General Ahsan Iqbal said, “No, party Chief Nawaz Sharif wanted a little more [time to] deliberate [over] a clearer road map for [addressing the] Karachi and Balochistan crisis.”

Ahsan, however, did not give a date as to when these deliberations will be completed and the party will formally declare its manifesto.

Other speculations

Sources also claim that the party was considering making amendments to the manifesto in the backdrop of recent political developments in the country, while others cite the translation of the manifesto into regional languages as the reason for delay.

In its new manifesto, the PML-N has paid special attention to the economy and judiciary.

In order to clear backlog and make the judicial system effective, the manifesto is likely to introduce a proposal, according to which courts would work in two shifts or that there would be separate courts working in the morning and evening.

Published in The Express Tribune, January 7th, 2013.


Raza | 8 years ago | Reply PML N comes up with 3 Es and all of these 3Es are absent in PML N leaders itself. Energy: After 18th amendment, province has authority to generate energy. Did Punjab Govt do anything about it? No, not a single MW was added to the energy. Education: Failed projects like Danish schools which cover only 6-10K of children of Punjab for education. What about rest of 0.6 million unschooled children?. The unschooled children pool remained same, Govt schools in Punjab further degraded. Economy: Have you controlled the prices of things in Lahore? The prices are the seller prices not the govt prices? I am talking only of Lahore not of Punjab. You failed to do so and now, you are telling us you will solve whole economy of Pakistan? PML-N’s vision would have sound fantastic if they were not enjoying their government in 60% of Pakistan i.e. Punjab but since now they have enjoyed and failed miserably to prove any of their effectiveness to contribute to 3 E’s. It’s high time to say bye bye to PML N…
Abdul Subhan | 9 years ago | Reply

it is my requested to the top leader of my party to a make a concrete plane for energy crises in the country rather people of my beloved land will not apologize you.

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