We will ensure full autonomy for, and build the capacity of, the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) and other accountability institutions and pursue all major corruption scandals regardless of political affiliation.
Previous national governments have intentionally stifled accountability institutions to create an environment in which corruption by the ruling elite is concealed rather than aggressively pursued.
In order to strengthen NAB, we will:
- Review the NAB Ordinance to strengthen its mandate, independence and the appointment process for the NAB Chairman.
- Support the NAB Chairman in conducting an organisational reform focused on “people, processes and systems”.
- Address legal lacunas in the accountability laws including reviewing “voluntary return” and “plea bargain” provisions.
- Support NAB to define & track Key Performance Indicators to boost performance e.g., transparency & corruption score, number of references, time to prosecution, spending vs. recovery ratio.
We will build a Special Task Force to launch a drive to recover looted national wealth parked in offshore tax havens by leveraging recent changes in Tax Information Agreements, Unexplained Wealth Orders and Illicit Assets Acts by foreign governments and International Organisations.
We will strengthen other accountability institutions including the Auditor General’s Office and FIA as well as parliamentary bodies especially the Public Accounts Committee.
We will transform Pakistan by devolving power and decision-making to the people through an empowered local government.
Local development in villages and small towns in Pakistan is controlled by MPAs and MNAs, or by the bureaucracy, who do not want to cede authority and relevance.
We will devolve small infrastructure initiatives to village councils by transferring resources and decision-making power to the people of Pakistan by scaling out our successful KP model across Sindh, Punjab and Baluchistan.
Learning from our KP experience, we will further refine the LG structure, and introduce a city government model, where the directly elected Mayor will be responsible to deliver on all interrelated urban city matters.
We will enforce depoliticisation of police by building upon KP’s successful police reform model, which will be replicated nationally.
Police in Pakistan is ill-equipped, poorly trained, deeply politicised, and chronically corrupt. Police reforms have been neglected by successive governments to continue using the force as a political tool.
To reform the police, we will:
- Replicate the KP Police Act of 2017 across other provinces and appoint professional Inspector Generals to lead the depoliticisation of police similar to KP.
- Professionalise police hiring and career management, ensuring no political influence on policing in all matters from hiring, posting, and transferring of personnel.
- Replicate KP’s success in creating specialised training institutions. We will also invest in new policing systems and processes by tracking performance, equipping districts with modern surveillance /command and control centres.
- Make public outreach to police easier through new and enhanced policing apps, SMS systems, online FIRs and call centres.
- Establish Women police stations and desks at all levels to facilitate women empowerment.
We will scale up the existing KP model of Alternate Dispute Resolution(ADR) Councils at tehsil levels, by rolling out the KP DRC model nationally to allow conflict resolution for small crimes right down at the tehsil level and police station level.
We will launch a judicial reforms programme that will provide speedy and quality justice for all citizens.
Laws and procedures in Pakistan are weak, archaic, ineffective and have been amended in a piecemeal manner. Weak implementation of laws and procedures has led to delays in case resolutions. In addition, capacity constraints have resulted in a national caseload backlog of over 2 million cases.
We will work with the judiciary to champion a programme to rapidly dispense the backlog of existing cases, through providing necessary resources and tracking systems.
We will champion reforms in the Code of Civil Procedure in consultation with High Courts to ensure speedy justice, in line with KP reforms, to dispose all civil court cases within a timeframe of one year.
We will also propose amendments to the Criminal Procedure Code to reduce procedural delays. Additionally, we will also promote access to justice by amending outdated laws.
We will carry out an audit of existing federal and provincial women protection laws to identify gaps and undertake legal reforms as part of our commitment to women empowerment.
We will support reform initiatives to improve the operational performance of courts. This will include supporting courts to digitise case records, case management reforms, and the establishment of an institution to provide free legal aid to needy litigants as well as to vulnerable groups like women, juveniles and minorities.
We will reform our prison system by upgrading existing infrastructure and ensure human rights are not violated. Moreover, we will establish separate special juvenile detention centres and prisons for women.
We will modernise parole rules with necessary checks and balances so that jails can be transformed into reformatories entailing a duty of the state to rehabilitate prisoners housed in jails for more than a year.
We will transform the civil service into a merit based, depoliticised cadre of professionals.
Civil service in Pakistan has seen 38 major reforms in the last 70 years. These reforms have not been able to depoliticise the service, or attracted bright young talent on merit, and technical expertise.
The implementation of civil service reforms is our priority and we will:
- Assign the right officer to the right job without any political consideration, tenure protection of officers, internal accountability, along with a performance audit and a review of the compensation package.
- Allow lateral entry into the service of competent professionals.
- Ensure compulsory retirement after 2 supersessions through a transparent mechanism.
We will transform public administration with E-Governance initiatives to facilitate citizens’ access to justice, rights and other public services.
Governance in Pakistan continues to rely almost entirely on obsolete record keeping practices that are not reliable, transparent and efficient to work with. There are multiple issues in the governance system of Pakistan: inefficient data collection systems, record keeping, intra-coordination between various departments, black economy, tax evasion, and bureaucratic hurdles in solving public issues in federal and provincial levels.
We will ensure full capitalisation of digital financial services to supplement digitisation of documentation.
We will establish a whistle-blowers programme, which will be facilitated through the use of a community call centre where a dedicated phone line will be available for citizens to report suspicious behaviour by individuals or entities.
We will complete electronic mapping of property, linking it to the owner’s CNIC and thereby to his/her legal heirs.
We will further improve the Safe City Project to ensure solid enforcement of traffic laws and digitisation of traffic violation tickets.
We will adopt electronic paper and data archiving of all future legal cases and progressively create an image database for records of the past ten years.
We will digitise monitoring and evaluation of socio-economic indicators with performance management capability of district and village councils.
We will abolish the culture of secrecy and will ensure that all government actions, records and information are open to public scrutiny. PTI will support transparency and accountability in government as per standards practiced internationally.
Despite constitutional provisions and the 2002 Freedom of Information Ordinance being in effect, access to information that needs to be made public is very difficult. This results in weak accountability and deepens the distrust between the citizen and the state.
We will allocate resources and build public sector capacities to effectively implement Right To Information (RTI) laws.
We will ensure the timely production of budget processes in line with international standards and ensure public access to key budget documents.
We will ensure that the executive budget proposal and the enacted budget with comprehensive data will be produced before citizens.
We will ensure that in-year and mid-year reports as well as audit reports are produced in a timely manner, and made available for public scrutiny.
We will create effective mechanisms to deal with citizen’s complaints about lack of or limited access to information.
We will reform public processes such as procurement to generate more value for money and transparency.
The existing national and provincial procurement rules lack transparency, technical expertise and public disclosure. These are the challenges with the public procurement framework in Pakistan.
In order to reform procurement, we will:
- Incentivise provinces to transition to E-procurement to generate more value for money through increased competition.
- Build capacity within public departments, law enforcement and accountability institutions to ensure compliance with procurement rules and procedures.
- Create a culture of transparency for public procurement by providing public disclosure and strengthening accountability mechanism.
We are committed to maintaining a vigorous free media, which will evolve its own rules to ensure responsible journalism both in the electronic and print media.
We will ensure laws for timely implementation of Wage Board decisions and for ensuring that media houses pay journalists their salaries and bonuses on a regular and timely basis.
We will also ensure that media owners provide insurance, training and protective cover for their journalists working in conflict zones in particular and in the field in general.
PEMRA will be made autonomous so it does not become a political tool in the hands of any government to target the freedom of the electronic media.
Government advertisement will be rationalised and not be made a tool to harass or bribe the independent media.
PBC and PTV will be made autonomous with their own Board of Governors similar to the BBC model.