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- Thursday, March 07, 2013 - From Print Edition


ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) President Nawaz Sharif will launch party’s manifesto for the next general elections in Lahore today (Thursday) with a focus on economic recovery, good governance and independent foreign policy.


According to party insiders, the PML-N would promise through its manifesto to restructure key national institutions like Pakistan International Airline (PIA) and Pakistan Railways giving them more autonomy and bringing them under parliamentary scrutiny.“These institutions will have independent boards of directors appointed by the experts of the respective fields and the boards will democratically chose their chairmen,” said a party official.


After coming to power the party’s government will offer one family-one job scheme nationwide to eradicate rampant poverty through massive public sector employments. Youth will be offer easy loans to enable them to start small businesses of their own.


The Parliamentary committee of different ministries will be empowered to audit expenditure of respective ministries and their linked departments.


This move will reduce the burden of Public Accounts Committee, which is currently overseeing the audit of all public departments.


The taxation system would also be streamlined by introducing a flat tax to decrease multiple layers of taxes on people of Pakistan. The party will also promise to devise an independent foreign policy and relations with powerful countries will be based on equality and mutual respect.


“All agreements with the United States and other powers will be made in-writing clarifying the terms of engagements,” a party official said.The manifesto has been prepared by a special committee headed by former Finance Minister Sartaj Aziz.