Senior PML-N leaders are presenting the party’s manifesto ahead of the July 25 general elections at a ceremony in Lahore.
Former state minister Marriyum Aurangzeb began by reading out a message from former prime minister and PML-N supreme leader Nawaz Sharif, who regretted the “political conspiracies” his government was allegedly subjected to after coming into power in 2013.
The fact that Chinese President Xi Jinping’s trip to Pakistan in connection with CPEC-related investment had to be postponed proved “how harmful dharnas (sit-ins) were for the national interest”.
See PML-N’s complete manifesto for 2018 elections here.
Sharif also criticised the “unprecedented” court decisions that led to his ouster as prime minister and removal as party head.
It is incumbent upon the PML-N to ensure the progress of democracy, political harmony, protection of rights of minorities, respect for women and supremacy of the Constitution in Pakistan, he said.
PML-N president Shahbaz Sharif in his address claimed that the PML-N had introduced 11,000MW electricity to the national grid in its recently-concluded five-year tenure. Shahbaz, whose speech was briefly interrupted by a heckler, said his party had brought peace to the entire country, especially Karachi, through military operations.
In it’s manifesto, headlined with the slogan “Vote ko izzat do — khidmat ko vote do” [Honour the vote — vote for service], the party has pledged to:
- Aspire for economic transformation by raising the GDP growth rate to over 7 per cent
- Expand scope of investments
- Minimise losses in state-owned enterprises
- Eliminate poverty by 2030 through welfare programmes
- Enable enterprise creation and employment
- Impart technical training among people
- Continue tax reforms to raise the tax-to-GDP ratio from 13pc to 16pc
- Create at least 100,000-200,000 jobs
- Expedite completion of long-term CPEC plan
- Promote value addition in agriculture and increase productivity
What is a manifesto?
A manifesto is known as a “published verbal declaration” through which parties express their “intentions, views and vision” about national issues and also make public their “motives” and “targets” which they plan to achieve after assuming power.
Political experts believe that a manifesto is actually a pledge a political party makes with people before elections and later it acts as a gauge to measure its performance.