We will ensure equal rights and respect for the residents of tribal areas by consolidating FATA’s merger with KP and allocating special development funds for this purpose
The people of the tribal areas have lagged behind in socioeconomic and human development due to the prolonged neglect by the state, which has resulted in developing a sense of deprivation and mistrust. Moreover, the tribal areas have experienced the worst violence since 9/11 in the form of drone attacks, military operations against terrorists, and suicide attacks by militants. This has resulted in the killing of thousands of civilians and law enforcement personnel, and loss to property worth billions of rupees.
Now that the law for integrating FATA with KP has been passed by the parliament, we will ensure that the integration takes place smoothly.
We will hold local body elections in 2018 to empower people right down to the village council level.
We will launch a Mega Development Plan by allocating 3% of federal divisible pool on annual basis by fully associating the people in formulation and execution of the plan.
We will ensure job creation in the tribal areas, especially with investments to harness natural resources of the region.
We will empower the Balochistan government to launch and champion large-scale efforts for political reconciliation. In particular, we will ensure significant local participation and stake in development projects, especially in Gwadar.
Balochistan as a province has largely been neglected. The population has not been part of major development projects and employment opportunities are scarce. This has resulted in poor socioeconomic and human development. Furthermore, Balochistan has the highest incidence of poverty when compared to other provinces.
We will reach out to the Baloch leadership and the disgruntled Baloch groups, especially the youth by ensuring them political and economic empowerment.
We will develop and implement a plan to include the local population in CPEC and development of Gwadar.
We will develop a national consensus on the creation of a South Punjab province on administrative grounds with the objective to lift 35 million people out of poverty, as well as to create an administrative balance between Pakistan’s federating units.
South Punjab has been neglected for decades, especially in the last 5 years since majority of the development funds were allocated to Central Punjab. As a region, South Punjab constitutes 32% of the population of Punjab province and is lagging behind rest of the Punjab on a number of human development indicators (HDIs). The incidence of poverty in D.G. Khan, Bahawalpur and Multan divisions serve as testament as poverty is highest in these divisions of Punjab.
We are committed to creating South Punjab province on administrative basis that respects the wishes of both, the people of Punjab as well as each of the other federating units of Pakistan.
We will create political consensus by engaging political parties, people of Punjab province and the rest of Pakistan, including other stakeholders.
Upon reaching consensus, we will pass legislation from the provincial assembly, and then from the two houses of parliament in Islamabad to create the legal framework for the creation of South Punjab province.
We will launch an economic package for the new province to provide support in establishing the requisite infrastructure and institutions.
We will transform Karachi into a vibrant competitive megacity through large-scale reforms in governance and with the provision of public services such as housing, mass transit, water and sanitation. We want to make Karachi the urban jewel of Pakistan.
Karachi is Pakistan’s economic engine, but it has suffered from over two decades of consistent neglect and mismanagement. Population density is very high, with 20,000 people per square kilometre whereas infrastructure is weak. Karachi’s transit systems are underdeveloped, with a competition of 45 citizens per bus seat, compared to 12 in Mumbai. Water is scarce, as only 55% of daily water needs are met due to the monopoly structure in place by a water mafia. Approximately half of Karachi’s citizens have access to sanitation. The root cause of Karachi’s poor state is its poor local governance systems, which is neither empowered nor resourceful enough to resolve these issues.
We will launch a new city governance model for Karachi that empowers local elected officials and a city government.
We will depoliticise Karachi’s police service and implement a merit-based professional system to improve management.
We will continue to work on the national action plan and will begin crack-down on land & bhatta mafias in collaboration with the Sindh Rangers and civil/local government.
We will provide clean drinking to all Karachi residents and implement plan to solve Karachi water problems. In the process, we will crack down on the water mafia, illegal connections on public pipelines and champion the development of desalination plant.
We will aggressively improve waste management and resolve sanitation issues in Karachi through a component sharing model with public, private and community funding.
We will champion housing for the urban poor outside of Karachi with efficient commute infrastructure.
We will transform and massively enhance the capacity of Karachi’s mass transit system by leveraging on public and private financing.
PTI recognises the commitment of the people of Gilgit Baltistan (GB) to Pakistan, which has been exemplary and is reflected in their sacrifices. We will ensure that the people of GB get their due political and economic rights.
Gilgit Baltistan suffers from a myriad issues, ranging from lack of economic development, underrepresentation in CPEC and a centralised bureaucracy coupled with an already disempowered legislative assembly. These issues have suppressed GBs ability to capitalise on its potential and natural endowment.
We will empower people of GB by giving autonomy to the legislative assembly.
We will boost local economy with strategic investments in tourism, minerals and renewable energy.
We will provide GB with solid opportunities in CPEC and ensure local participation.
We will establish a special mechanism to supplement existing poverty alleviation efforts in the poorest districts across Sindh, Punjab, KP and Balochistan.
Poverty is rampant in Pakistan with 29.5% of the population or close to 60 million people living below poverty line. There is a strong correlation between the incidence of high poverty and poor public delivery. Pakistan’s Human Development Index (HDI) of 0.55 is currently the lowest in South Asia.
We will increase funding for the poorest districts through existing poverty alleviation programmes.
We will launch a special drive in the poorest districts to improve access to sanitation and clean drinking water.
We will provide Sehat Insaf cards and augment the existing BISP programme in these districts.
PTI will protect the civil, social and religious rights of minorities; their places of worship, property and institutions as laid down in the Constitution.
Minorities in Pakistan have consistently been denied their constitutional rights in contradiction to the objective of Quaid-e-Azam’s vision. The result of prevalent and unaccounted for discrimination against minorities (from all walks of life) has led to violence and their poor socioeconomic and human development.
We will enact structural reform to establish a legally empowered, well resourced and independent National Commission on Minorities, followed by provincial Commissions/Departments.
We will ensure equal access to justice and protection from discrimination in matters of law and order to minorities.
We will act against hate speech and violence towards minorities under the National Action Plan.
We will ensure that the minority quota in all government departments shall be implemented in letter and spirit.
We will organise inter-faith dialogue, especially among young people to promote tolerance and harmony.
We will effectively implement initiatives to increase women’s access to education, healthcare, economic opportunity and legal protection.
Pakistan ranks second to worst globally in gender parity by World Economic Forum. This stems from disproportionately poorer access to education, low labour force participation, high maternal mortality rate and prevalence of violence against women.
We will prioritise establishment and upgradation of girls’ schools and provide stipends to girls and women for continuing their education.
We will establish a large scale national Maternal Health Programme to provide assisted births along with family health and planning information to women.
We will provide economic opportunity to women by:
- Strengthening the legal framework to protect women’s inheritance rights to land and property
- Increasing state-provided micro-finance available to women
- Establishing residential and caretaking facilities for working women in urban settings
We will reform the justice system to:
- Increase representation of female police officers at police stations for reporting and investigation of complaints/FIRs for gender based crimes
- Improve investigative and prosecutorial process for gender based violence
- Establish gender-based violence courts to provide additional protection and speedy resolution to women victims
- Improve investigative and forensic procedures for sexual offence cases.
We will increase resources and capacity of “Dar-ul-Aman” and protective services for women.
We will increase female participation in public sector by establishing significant quotas for women in local government and boards of public bodies.
We will empower women politically by launching a women voter registration drive across Pakistan to ensure the opportunity for women to exercise their right to vote and increase women’s participation in elections.
PTI values the patriotic spirit of overseas Pakistanis and will ensure access to citizen rights and an improved set of infrastructure and services offered by Pakistani embassies.
Overseas Pakistanis are one of our biggest asset, who have consistently been denied access to their citizens’ rights and to the opportunity to contribute to Pakistan’s economy due to inefficient and incomplete processes along with poor quality infrastructure and services by previous governments.
We will ensure voting rights for overseas Pakistanis.
We will champion development of financial instruments to create attractive investment opportunities for Overseas Pakistanis.
We will strengthen Pakistani embassies to provide emergency relief and other support to citizens facing hardship in case of any tragedy.
We will ensure Overseas Pakistanis are treated with dignity and respect at all entry points into the country.
We will create a virtual investment desk in key embassies which will serve as the conduit for opportunities with local business councils, chambers of commerce and key government institutions.
We will ensure that like other citizens of Pakistan, overseas Pakistanis have security of titling.
We will provide consular and legal services to all Pakistanis jailed abroad. We make best efforts to bring prisoners like Dr. Afia Siddiqui and others back to Pakistan.