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JUI-F presents 12-point election manifesto

16 April, 2013

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ISLAMABAD: Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazal (JUI-F) leader Maulana Fazl ur Rehman on Monday announced his party's 12-point manifesto for the upcoming elections.

In a press conference here at the National Press Club, he presented the manifesto and said that JUI-F would resolve the problems of the masses on a priority basis.

He said the "war on terror" had led to an increase in terrorist activities in the country as well as in the whole region and therefore, the country's foreign policy will be formulated in the best national interest.

Relations with neighbouring countries will be strengthened and there should be a balance in import and export of the country to strengthen the economy, he added.

The maulana said that extra expenditures including the un-necessary protocol to the ministers would be controlled to stabilise the economy, adding that the country's economy will depend on national resources instead of external aids or loans.

"Bad governance of the past governments had made Pakistan a security state instead of a welfare state. The life and property of every citizen would be protected," he said.

Maulana Fazl ur Rehman said everyone would be provided quality and free education and it would be compulsory up to matric level.

"Importance will also given to local government system and Afghan reconciliation will be supported. Afghan Taliban's right to be party of the reconciliation process will be acknowledged to ensure peace in Afghanistan," he maintained.

He said efforts would be made for enforcement of the United Nations (UN) resolutions on Kashmir, adding that both Pakistan and India should demonstrate seriousness in resolving this issue.

"Peace and security will be established in FATA through Jirgas, which have already been established. These jirgas will be encouraged to bring peace in FATA and their experience will be used in other parts of the country," said the JUI-F chief.

Maulana said the Parliament would find ways to make Baloch the real stakeholders in mega projects like Gawadar, Reko Diq and Sandak.

"Inter-banking rate will be made attractive to encourage overseas Pakistanis to send remittances through normal banking channels rather than Hawala/Hundi system. Renowned economic experts from Pakistan and abroad will be engaged to present policy options on burgeoning debt burden within six months," he added.

He said that harassment of women is against Islam and will be dealt with according to the law of the land. Family values will be protected through education and persuasion. Efforts will be made for direct election of women to assemblies, he maintained.

Fazl said that new provinces will be established in the country only after all stakeholders reach consensus. The issue will not be used for political point scoring.

Serious efforts would be made for legislation by parliament in line with the recommendations of Council of Islamic Ideology for the country's economic, political and social betterment in accordance with the cherished principles of Islam, Fazl said.


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