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Published Date: Apr 8, 2013

SDPI Press Release (April 8, 2013)

Awami
National Party (ANP) Senior Vice President Senator Haji Muhammad Adeel on
Monday said that ANP’s election manifesto ‘Pur-Aman Pakistan’ promises a
peaceful and prosperous Pakistan.

Presenting
ANP Manifesto at a policy seminar, he said, “Progress is only possible in a peaceful
and stable environment, that’s why “Pur-Aman Pakistan” is ANP’s slogan for 2013
elections”, he said.

He
was speaking at a policy seminar on manifesto of Awami National Party under the
title “Relevance of Manifesto in Political Dynamics of Pakistan” here on
Monday. The event organized by Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI)
was third in the 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 SDPI moderated the proceedings.

He
said, ANP is committed to evolve a national consensus on extremism with peace
and non-violence as guiding principles. “ANP believed in dialogue with
militants who recognize constitution and the writ of state and renounce
violence, “he added.

He
said, ANP manifesto secure 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 is possible but only in
accordance with the wishes and expectations of people living in tribal areas.”

Talking
of ANP’s commitment to education, he expressed that, ANP government would
increase education budget to six percent of GDP. “In last five years of ANP
government, nine new universities were established along with campuses in every
district of province. Also other measures such as free education to all in
public schools and free uniform, textbooks and stipend of 200 rupees for each
girl are some of the milestones of ANPs resolve for promoting education in the
provinces,” he added.

Commenting
on economic reforms he said, ANP will increase the Tax to GDP ratio from the
current low level to a minimum of 15 percent of GDP. He also informed that ANP
government has initiated power projects with the capacity of 2200 MW which
would cater energy needs of province in years to come.

Speaking
as discussant on ANP manifesto, Zafar Ullah Khan, Head, Centre for Civic Education
(CCE) was all praise for ANP manifesto and said that it’s the best manifesto so
far when compared with manifestos of other political parties. 

He
said, ANP manifesto not only retained its secular spirit but also stand against
extremism in every form. He was of the view that ANP manifestos symbolizes not
only the vision of leadership but reflects ownership even at grass root level
of worker.

Speaking
on social and educational aspects of manifesto, he applauded ANP for allocating
6 percent of GDP for education and placing greater emphasis on social
development. He particularly praised the promise of textbook reforms by
removing hate material, which he said, is a commendable initiative which is
absent in other political parties manifestos. He also liked the suggestion of
appointment of judges, ambassadors and people on higher posts through
parliamentary route.

Journalist
and Analyst Mubarak Zeb Khan was critical of the ANP manifesto and said that
ANP government in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa was not able to come up to expectation on
areas such as  women empowerment and more importantly in fiscal reforms.
He was of the view that on revenue generation, the ANP manifesto is anchoring
on ‘federal resource pool’ which is the ninety percent of provincial budget.

He
said, after latest NFC award, province was getting increased share and hence
didn’t bother to increase provincial tax collection. “Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
collects petty amount of only 1.5 billion rupees in term of direct taxes, which
needs to be enhanced radically, “he added. He highlighted three major
economical challenges faced by KP government including a narrow tax base,
provincial debt and lack of access to credit to businesses. He said political
will is required to increase direct taxes, taxes on agriculture income as well
as on urban unmovable property that would yield billions of rupees for
provincial kitty.