APML MANIFESTO

Nepotism and corruption have been the greatest ills afflicting our society and retarding performance. We will take all measures to root out corruption especially in government circles and among the rich and powerful. Our guiding principle in governance shall be merit and merit alone. There will be no nepotism or favoritism in any promotion or appointment. It is essential to raise the morale of the nation, restore lost self-confidence, faith and pride. This can only be done by giving the nation hope for the bright future. We need to work with the media to spread optimism in the people. Together with “Pakistan First” we need to adopt another slogan: “Jaag Pakistani Jaag”. Our concept of good governance shall be “to ensure security, progress and development of the state and welfare/wellbeing of its people”.

Security

The security of Pakistan will be guaranteed external and internal threat. Towards this end:
  1. The armed forces of Pakistan will be equipped and maintained at a level that they deter external aggression. Any adventurism against Pakistan will be thwarted.
  2. We will fight terrorism everywhere in our land till we defeat it. For the purpose we will reduce our immediate dependence on the army, strengthening police and more so the second line of force of frontier corps and rangers
  3. Extremism in our society will be checked through a well thought out and implemented domestic strategy. While our Islamic polity and credentials will be promoted, no space will be given to anyone or any organization spreading obscurantism in the masses.
  4. Any attempts by any group or individuals against the integrity of Pakistan will be crushed.

Progress and development of the state

The prosperity of the people of Pakistan is directly related and proportional to the development of the state. Therefore, the progress and development of Pakistan will be undertaken with a clear vision and strategy. The development strategy will focus on the following area:-
  1. Economy: we believe in “what is good for business is good for Pakistan”. No progress, no development in any sector is possible unless our economy is put on high growth. For this the cardinal requirement is to develop the trust, faith and confidence of Pakistanis and foreign well-wishers, especially investors, in the government having achieved this we will follow the following broad guidelines as we successfully did between 1999 and 2008:-
    1. An overall strategy of deregulation, liberalization, privatization and entrepreneurship will be implemented.
    2. GDP must grow by minimum 6% annually.
    3. Borrowing will be controlled; ensuring debit to GDP ratio never crosses 60%. We are determined to get out of the IMF debit trap again as we did during my governance.
    4. Fiscal deficit will be reducing through a substantial increase in revenue collection by broadening the tax collection base and reducing the number and level of taxes. We are determined to substantially enhance our tax to GDP ratio. Everyone will be bought into the tax net through electronic means opening a data warehouse. Simultaneously we will reduce expenditure on the running government by reducing minister in the center dealing with provincial subjects.
    5. Balance of payment deficit will be controlled through increasing our earnings in the export and foreign direct investment and reducing our expenditures on debit service liability.
    6. Inflation will be brought under control to check rising prices of consumers goods for the poor.
    7. Exports will be enhanced through market diversification and an industrial policy encouraging SMEs and product diversification.
    8. Investment will be drawn into Pakistan by providing an investor-friendly environment and improving law and order. We will give comfort to all investors through a continuity of our policies.
    9. We consider population growth as a major cause of retarding economic development. We will adopt major population control measure to bring the growth down to 1.5% per annum.
  2. Communication infrastructure: communication infrastructure linking Pakistan to other countries in the region, linking our provinces to each other and linking important places within provinces is essential for national integration and economic development. Pakistan’s geostrategic location linking west Asia, Central Asia, South Asia and China provides us the enviable position of acting as the energy corridor for the entire region. We must therefore work towards extending our road and rail link inti western china and Afghanistan facilitating linkages of central Asian republics road/rail network to ours, thus fulfilling their much desires access to our sea port of Karachi and Gwadar. This will facilitate inter regional trade with its many advantages to Pakistan. Inter provincial and farm-to-market road connectivity will be enhanced particularly lining Balochistan and Gwadar with the other three provinces. The entire railway system will be improved gradually to board gauge, then to standard gauge. Gwadar port will be connected to the main railway line. Gwadar port will be extended and made into an 18meter deep seaport. It will be the developed into a major container and ship repair facility.
  3. Water Management:Water is the nation’s of life. We are fortunate have abundant water sources in the form of glacier water coming down our major rivers, monsoon rain water following down all minor and major water courses and sub soil water . But the demand of water for human consumption, livestock and agriculture is enormous. We have to implement an effective water management regime to fully utilize all the available resources and optimized its availability to meet our growing demand. This requires:-
    1. Enhancing water storage capacity through construction of maximums dams. Today, on the average 35 maf of water flows down unutilized into the sea. This is criminal. We must utilize all the glacier and monsoon water down flows.
    2. Maximum new canals will be made to carry all the harnessed water in dams to barren lands bringing maximum acreage under irrigation.
    3. Rain water in Baluchistan has tremendous utility potential if harnessed but unfortunately it goes waste. We will build maximum delay action check dams to save water for human consumption and livestock.
    4. Preserving our existing irrigation water poses another challenge with a huge potential of increasing availability. Brick lining of water courses was initiated in 2003 and should be nearing completion. We will now go for brick lining of distributaries and canals to preserve our water against seepage waste thus ensuring availability at tail ends
  4. Agriculture: Being an agrarian economy, with about 70% of our population being rural, we will concentrate on maximizing our returns from agriculture. We will follow a self-sufficient, import substitution and export oriented strategy. We spend about US$ 2 billion on import of edible oil. This amount must be saved by increasing our sunflower, canola and cotton seed production to be able to produce our own edible oil. Wheat, rice and cotton production must be maximized for self-sufficiency and export. The three million acres of virgin land coming under cultivation through completion of new canals and dams will be made to follow this crop growing pattern.
  5. Energy: We have to cater for our energy needs for domestic, commercial and industrial purposes. We have to generate electricity by the cheapest means. Fortunately we have abundance of sites for generating hydro-electricity which is the cheapest. This potential must be fully tapped concentrating on major run of the river projects. Coal is another cheap source which needs to be tapped fully. The abundant coal reserves at Thar will be fully exploited. Possibilities of on-site gasification will be examined. Nuclear and alternate source of energy (wind and sun) will also be exploited. Unfortunately our known oil and gas reserves are limited. Their offshore and onshore exploration will be our focus. In the meantime, we must import gas from Iran, Qatar or Turkmenistan to cater for our industrial demand and requirements of running our thermal power plants. The overall energy strategy will be to increase hydro-electricity, nuclear and alternate source of energy and reduce dependence on gas/oil thermal power.
  6. Industry: Expansion of our industrial base can be the driving force of our economic revival and employment generation. We will give special incentives including a one window operation to give comfort to overseas Pakistanis for putting up industry in their home country. We will emulate the example of the highly successful sunder industrial estate off Lahore to develop more estates with public-private partnership. Today our industry is textile oriented with 60% of our export being textile but only 6% of world trade is in textile while over 60% is heavy engineering and high technology. Although in the short term our focus will remain on textile, our long term strategy must be to diversify to enter 60% market of high technology and heavy industry. To guard against concentration of big industrial houses we will spread wealth and jobs through growth of small and medium enterprises (SMEs). We will introduce a culture of creating startups that focus on export-orientation and import substitution. We will strengthen capital formation by attracting venture capital and private equity funds to invest in Pakistan.
  7. Environment: Environment preservation is an important world issue, to which we pay scant attention. Pakistan is suffering from a very fast pace of deforestation. This is occurring due to non-availability of fuel in our remote areas especially mountains. We will check illegal cutting of trees. Wherever trees have to be cut for development purposes at least double the numbers will be planted. We do not agree with environmentalists who believe in denying development for the sake of tree preservation. Water contamination is another critical area of neglect in Pakistan. We must tackle pollution of our rivers and sea water on an emergency basis. We will install water treatment plants for the purpose and institute regulatory controls over industrial effluent.
  8. Terrorism and Extremism: We will show zero tolerance towards terrorism and extremism. Any talk of progress or development of Pakistan becomes irrelevant if we are unable to counter and defeat the scourge of terrorism and the increasing extremism in our society. We shall combat this menace with a well-articulated strategy till we defeat it. We have to contend against four menaces within Pakistan: Al Qaida in Tribal Agencies, Taliban in Tribal Agencies, Talibanisation being spread by Taliban in the settled district of Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa and even beyond and finally extremism in our society- strategy to be followed against each will be:
    1. Al Qaida: They have to be eliminated with force. No foreigners have any right to use Pakistan’s territory for terrorist acts in Pakistan or elsewhere in world.
    2. Taliban: They are our own people but are religious misguided. With them we will adopt a triple strategy of force, political dialogue and socio economic development. We believe that political deals with them should always be from a position of strength. They have to be dissuaded from going into Afghanistan or harboring any Afghan Taliban. Special funds for socioeconomic development will be allocated in pacified areas of Tribal Agencies
    3. Talibanisation: Spreading and forcing obscurantist Islamic views on the Vastly moderate population will be checked. Force will be used against any Violating individual or Tanzeem.
    4. Extremism in Society Extremism is a mind-set and it exists in certain areas of Pakistan. It generally flourishes on account of poverty and illiteracy. The long term policy will be to educate the masses and reduce poverty. Other than that, we will follow a five point strategy of :
      • Checking of misuse of mosques which promote militancy in any form and sectarian or religious hatred. Mosque’s Khateeb will not be allowed to deliver unchecked, offensive sermons inciting people to any kind of violence.
      • Militant / extremist religious organizations will be banned and their activities curbed. They will not be allowed to resurface under different names or titles.
      • All publications, books, magazines, posters, hand bills, wall chalking preaching militancy, arousing sectarian or religious hatred will be banned.
      • Religious syllabus in schools will be kept under constant watch. All teaching inciting religious/ sectarian hatred will be removed. Emphasis will be on Haqooq ul ibad to improve national character and civic sense.
      • No Madrassa will be allowed to be involved in militancy in any form. Talibs studying in Madrassas will be mainstreamed into the society through teaching them all board subject and making them make take board exams thus qualifying them for board degrees. This way, their positive element of free boarding, lodging, food and education will be optimized and the negative aspects of uni-focal religious approach alone will be eliminated.

Human Resource

Human resources development will remain central to our philosophy and all our policies. We believe that development or progress of any society/state is directly proportional to the quality of its people. We, therefore, have to strategies human resource development and allocate maximum funds towards it. Private sector philanthropic activities will be reinforced wherever possible and with public/private cooperation in various sectors output/delivery to the people will be optimized.
  1. Education: we will create an educated society. We will address education in a holistic manner, enhancing literacy level and improving primary, secondary and higher education. For better organizational efficiency we will devolve responsibility for primary/secondary education to Districts, college education to Provinces and university education to the Higher Education Commission. Special focus will be towards vocational training and skill development so that we emerge as skilled force provider for the region and the world. Science and Engineering will remain the focus in higher education. The PhD program targeting 1500 PhDs every year by 2015 will be revived as also the foreign universities arrangement of drawing high quality international universities into Pakistan. NGO’s and private individuals/organizations passionately involved in education will be financially reinforced. Quality education will be spread through public-private sector cooperation. The National commission on Human Development will be reinforced to spread adult literacy and universalizing education at Primary level. Allocation of funds towards education will be increased every year to reach 6% GDP in 5 years.
  2. Health: Maximum resources will be devoted to primary and secondary health care taking resources and facilities down to the grass root level, reducing the load on tertiary health care. 60% of disease being water borne, we will open filtration plants down to Union Council level for providing safe drinking water. Selected NGOs and philanthropic organizations will be reinforced for expanding delivery to the common man. Every Basic Health Unit will be provided with a doctor. Every Tehsil/District Hospital will have services of specialists available and will be equipment.
  3. Population Control: Population explosion is sapping al our resources, putting pressure on our economy and over burdening all urban civic resources. It must be checked for better economic performance. This situation is worse when seen from the fact that while the educated and those who can afford are exercising population control, the poor and illiterate are growing unchecked. This is leading to a lowering of quality of population. We must arrest this tendency. Strong population control measures will be instituted. Religious scholars will be persuaded to issue fatwas in support of family planning.
  4. Poverty Alleviation and Employment Generation: Economic progress of the state is the basic tool of poverty alleviation. Therefore, GDP must grow by at least 6% per annum. We will increase the earning capacity of the individuals and families through developing skills and creating more jobs. For this we will facilitate growth of private industrial sector to create maximum employment opportunities. Poverty resides in the rural uneducated unemployed, urban educated unemployed and urban uneducated unemployed. We will strike at the root of each one of those.
    1. For the rural uneducated, unemployed agriculture, dairy, livestock and agro-based industry will be developed. For encouragement special incentives will be given in these areas. A white revolution in dairy will be brought about throughout Pakistan. We will improve the quality of live tock through spreading artificial insemination techniques and embryo transfer technology. Maximum state land will be allotted to poor landless cultivators. The maximum share of ZTBL loans will be given to small farmers requiring sums of less than two lacs. The revolving credit system for poor farmers, protecting them from the domination of middlemen, will be reinforced. For the poor population living on the coast of Balochistan and Sind, fisheries sector will be developed.
    2. For urban educated unemployed, telecom and IT sectors will be promoted.
    3. For the Urban uneducated unemployed, labor intensive activity of building, construction and infrastructure development will be promoted.
    4. Special scheme for employment generation will be imaginatively implemented.
    5. Government land will be generously allocated to the landless. Cholistan Development Authority will be fully activated. New water scheme will be developed and land distributed among the poor.
    6. Micro financing will be encouraged and spread all over the Pakistan for easy loans to the poor to start small businesses.
  5. Targeted intervention: For the poorest segment of the population essential food items will be sold at reduced prices. A web of utility stores will be spread all over the country and special cards will be issues through the Bait UL Maal.

Media

APML stand strongly in favor of the independence of the media, which will be maintained in letter and spirit. However, we have to create mutually agreed legal provisions for modulating independence with responsibility where national interest is involved.

Culture and heritage

The soft image of Pakistan will be publicized in Pakistan and spread throughout the world. We have a cultural heritage extending over 8000 years BC of which we ought to be proud. We are the cradle of Hinduism, Buddhism and Sikhism. Let this be known to all. We have a culture which is unique. We will encourage and promote our culture as we were doing between 1999 and 2008.

Sports

The people of Pakistan deserve a healthy diversion from the tensions of life. Sport provides the best recreational activity. We will encourage maximum sports activity, following a three-tiered approach in various sports. Competitions/Championships will be held at District/ Provincial/National Level, School/College/University level and corporation level to improve quality and generate national interest.

Conclusion

We have full faith in the resilience, dynamism and enterprise of the people of Pakistan. By the grace of Allah, Pakistan is endowed with abundant water, fertile land, sources of energy, natural resources and dynamic human resource. There is no reason why we should not be able to stand on our own feet as a proud, forward looking and progressive state in the comity of nations.