A look at JI’s bold election manifesto

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A look at JI's bold election manifesto

Bold  election  manifesto promises free electricity, parliamentary debate on defense spending and review of IPP contracts

In a bid to chart a new course for the nation, Jamat-e-Islami (JI) has presented a bold and comprehensive agenda in its 52-page manifesto.

Despite never having tasted power, the party’s post-election plan reflects a deep understanding of the country’s challenges and an ambitious determination to address them head-on.

The manifesto not only outlines bold initiatives but also demonstrates a keen awareness of pressing issues.
From wresting control of the country’s economy from global lenders to abolishing VIP culture, the JI manifesto also includes promises to hold the state bank governor accountable by amending the central bank law, revoking privileges such as free fuel and public services, and the review of contracts signed with Independent Power. Producers (PPI).

A central element of the AC manifesto are promises such as the development of an economic charter and the vision of a future through Vision 2050.

The party aims for an interest-free banking system, strives to achieve price stability by dismantling cartels and speculation, and proposes a plan to collect Zakat from 100 million people to pay Rs 250,000 annually to 10 million of people if the party comes to power. The party emphasizes the promulgation of a law that requires participation in voting, with the aim of eradicating blackmail of those eligible and eliminating political coercion and bargaining.

Furthermore, the party aims to extend voting rights and representation in parliament to overseas Pakistanis, while proposing the formation of an impartial commission responsible for evaluating electoral candidates in accordance with Articles 62 and 63 of the Constitution. Additionally, the party plans to auction state gifts received through Toshakhana.

‘Free Friday, free electricity’

Surprisingly, in its manifesto, the party promises to reinstate Friday as the weekly day off and intends to introduce a constitutional amendment making Urdu the official language and medium of instruction in education.
JI, who has earned a reputation for being among the first to help his fellow Pakistanis if a calamity strikes his countrymen over the years, says up to 300 units of free electricity will be provided to poor families.
Official events, business events and all other private events, including weddings, will preferably be held during the day, he says, adding that the literacy rate will be increased to 100 per cent; Quran and Sunna education will be mandatory for all institutions; 50 new universities and technical schools will be created and co-education will be suspended.

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Furthermore, the political-religious party’s f

oreign policy, defense and national security manifesto is exceptionally ambitious, as it not only carries with it the routine promise of pursuing an independent foreign policy, but also touches on areas that other parties barely come close to.

For example, the JI says it will increase the defense budget as necessary, but there will be a debate about this in parliament and it wants to end discretionary powers to use defense spending.

The manifesto states that the appointment of service chiefs will be made on the basis of merit with the approval of Parliament and announces that military training will be mandatory for all Pakistanis between the ages of 18 and 35.

JI states that the National Security Policy will be based on the Quran and Sunna, the formulation of the national security policy will be completed in consultation with political and religious parties and defense and foreign policy experts and the final approval will be given by the parliament.

He says there will be no compromise on Pakistan’s nuclear programme, adding that Pakistan will be a partner in peace and will not be a party to any conflict.

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The party says supremacy of Islam, sovereignty and territorial integrity of Pakistan and self-determination of Kashmir would be the main pillars of foreign policy; relations with the world would be based on equality, peace and non-interference; links with the Islamic world and the OIC would be promoted; and improving ties with Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Iran, Afghanistan and all Muslim countries will be a top priority.

The geostrategic relationship with China will be strengthened, he says, adding that all CPEC projects will be completed.

Ties with the US, EU and Russia would be based on mutual respect and equality, he says, adding that friendly ties and trade relationship with India would be linked to the resolution of the Kashmir issue.

The party says approval of consensus on Kashmir policy will be done by Parliament and no government will be able to unilaterally change the policy.

Besides providing diplomatic, political and moral support to Kashmir in accordance with UN resolutions, he said a minister of state for Kashmir will be appointed.

While rejecting a two-state solution, the JI says there will be no diplomatic relations with Israel until Palestinian independence. It says parliamentary approval will be obtained for all ambassadorial appointments.

(election) End bureaucratic clogging                          

On the economic front, JI promises to impose tax on agricultural income and end inequality in assets and income, promises single window business project to end red tape, measures for rupee stability and anti-money laundering money, promises to facilitate foreign remittances and achieve a GDP growth rate that doubles the population growth rate.

The party also promises to push for tax reforms in the provinces and at the federal level, with the goal of reducing the GST rate to five per cent.

The JI says it will collect taxes from landowners, industrialists and wealthy classes, stating that there will be a reduction in tax rates but an increase in the tax base. The party promises an increase in the proportion of direct taxes.
Promises to review the possibility of a fixed tax regime and implement schemes for the documentation of the economy

On expenditure, JI vows to seek a 30 per cent cut in current expenditure, stating that it will withdraw free transport, fuel and electricity facilities given to the president, prime minister, ministers, ministers, spokespersons, the president of the Senate, the judges of the highest and highest courts, army officers, among others. He says that parliamentarians’ benefits will also be reviewed.

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Under the debt reduction plan, JI says a gradual reduction in debt burden and early debt repayments would be ensured, promising that a ban would be imposed on imports of expensive vehicles and non-essential goods.

The manifesto also establishes that tax-free industrial zones will be created, that 25 percent export by each industry will be mandatory; Ambassador promotions will be linked to increased exports, and the local automotive industry and small business plan will be promoted, among several other things.

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