Imran Khan Unveils PTI Manifesto, Bats For Cooperation With India
Imran Khan on 9 July vowed to make Pakistan an Islamic welfare state as he unveiled his party's manifesto which said the "most viable" policy to ensure peace in the region was to cooperate with India, including on the Kashmir issue within the parameters of the UNSC resolutions.
The 65-year-old cricketer-turned-politician said his Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has a 100- day plan to meet serious economic and administrative woes faced by the country if his party is voted to power in the 25 July elections.
"For lasting peace within our own region, especially with our neighbour India, conflict resolution and the security route to cooperation is the most viable," the manifesto of the party said.
‘If Elected, Pak To Improve Relations With Neighbours’: Manifesto
The manifesto said, PTI's guiding principles will be of reciprocity, mutual interests and international norms that will govern Pakistan's relations at the bilateral and multilateral levels.
"We are committed to initiating new policies rooted in Pakistan's priorities, including a conflict resolution approach towards improving our relation with our eastern and western neighbours," it said.
If elected, the PTI's focus will be on moves to expand the existing strategic partnership with China, as well as with the country's other allies in the region, including the newly emerging cooperation with Russia. With the US, reciprocity and mutuality of interest will be the determinants of our relationship, it said. It promised that the credibility of Pakistan's full spectrum deterrence will be ensured.
On combat terrorism, the PTI manifesto said, immediate steps will be taken to reform the criminal judicial system and revise the anti-terror legislations so that it is precise and focused on terrorism.
‘No Easy Solution To Pakistan’s Problems’
In his address, Khan, Chairman of the PTI, said whoever forms the next government after 25 July will have to face biggest economic challenge ever.
"The reason is obviously the debts, devaluation of rupee and failed policies, making poor the poorer," he said.
"The manifesto we present is no 'easy-solution'. There are no easy solutions to Pakistan's problems. We have to make major changes," the PTI chief said.
He said that the developed societies have a governance system that is based on justice and accountability. "That is what we are trying to replicate with this manifesto today," he said.
"The capability of bureaucracy to deliver effectively has diminished over time. Our institutions have been ruined over time," he said.
He said that if given a chance to form the government, the PTI will offer business incentives to create employment that would lead to prosperity.
"Our challenge is to create one crore jobs and five million homes in our five years term," Khan said.