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Business Recorder

Published Date: Apr 9, 2013

ANP to increase Tax-to-GDP ratio to 15pc

Awami
National Party (ANP) will increase the Tax-to-GDP ratio to a minimum of 15
percent of the GDP, besides brining peace and security in the country if gained
power after the upcoming general elections, said Senior Vice President Senator
Haji Muhammad Adeel.

ANP
s election manifesto Pur-Aman Pakistan promises a peaceful and prosperous
Pakistan, said Adeel while addressing at a policy seminar on manifesto of ANP
title Relevance of manifesto in political dynamics of Pakistan
organised by Sustainable Development
Policy Institute (SDPI) here on Monday.

Elaborating
on party manifesto, he said progress is only possible in a peaceful and stable
environment, thats why Pur-Aman Pakistan is ANPs slogan for 2013 elections.

ANP
is committed to evolve national consensus on extremism with peace and
non-violence as its guiding principles.ANP believes in dialogue with those
militants who recognise Constitution and writ of state, renouncing  violence,he added.

He
said ANP manifesto secure social and economic rights of all federating units,
as equal partners. Regarding status of Fata, he said, annexation of Fata to
Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa is possible, but only in accordance with the wishes and
expectations of tribal people.

Talking
of ANPs commitment to education, he expressed that, ANP government would
increase education budget to six percent of the GDP. In last five years of ANP
government, nine new universities were established along with campuses in every
district of KPK, besides taking other measures like free education to all in
public schools and free uniform, textbooks and stipend of Rs 200 to each girl
are some of ANPs achievements in promoting education in the province, he added.

Zafar
Ullah Khan, Head Centre for Civic Education (CCE) said that ANP manifesto not
only retains its secular spirit, but also stand against extremism in every form
and manifestation. He was of the view that ANP manifestos symbolizes not only
the vision of leadership, but reflects ownership even at grass roots level to
workers.

Speaking
on social and educational aspects of manifesto, he praised the promise of
textbook reforms by removing hate material, which he said, is a commendable
initiative absent in other political parties manifestos. He also liked the
suggestion of appointment of judges, ambassadors and people on higher posts
through parliaments recommendations.