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Pakistan Today

Published Date: Apr 10, 2013

ANP promises peaceful Pakistan in manifesto

The
Awami National Party’s (ANP) election manifesto promises a peaceful and
prosperous Pakistan, ANP Senior Vice President Haji Muhammad Adeel said on
Tuesday.

Presenting the part’s manifesto at a policy seminar, Adeel said, "Progress
is only possible in a peaceful and stable environment, that’s why ‘Pur-AmnPakistan"
is the ANP’s slogan for 2013 elections."

The
event, organised by the Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI), was
third in a series of seminars, planned to bring manifestos of political parties
into discussion and their impact on electorates in the run up to the general
elections.

Shakeel
Ahmad Ramay of the SDPI moderated the proceedings.

Adeel
said the ANP was committed to evolving a national consensus on extremism with
peace as guiding principles. "The ANP believe in dialogue with militants
who recognise constitution and the writ of state and renounce violence,"
he added.

He said the ANP’s manifesto secured social and economic rights for all
federating units of Pakistan as equal partners in the federation. Regarding
status of FATA, he said, annexation of FATA with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa was
possible but only in accordance with the wishes and expectations of people
living in the Tribal Areas."

Talking of ANP’s commitment to education, Adeel said the party would increase
education budget to six percent of the GDP if came into power. "In the
last five years of the ANP government, nine new universities were established
along with campuses in every district of the province.”

“Also
other measures such as free education to all in public schools and free
uniform, textbooks and stipend of Rs 200 for each girl were some of the
milestones of ANP’s resolve for promoting education in the province," he
added.

Commenting
on economic reforms, the ANPleader said his party would increase the tax-to-GDP
ratio from the current level to a minimum of 15 percent of the GDP.

He said the ANP government had initiated power projects with the capacity of
2200MW, which would cater to the energy needs of the province in years to come.