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April 13, 2013

MQM manifesto meant to empower people: Haider Rizvi

April 13, 2013


ISLAMABAD: The Muttahidda Qaumi Movement leaders Haider Abbas Rizvi and Faisal Sabzwari while presenting MQM manifesto titled ‘empowering people’ at a policy seminar here said that it promises power to people to achieve progress, prosperity and stability in the country.
They were speaking at a debate on the MQM manifesto here organized by Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI). It was fourth in series of seminars, planned to discuss manifestos of political parties and their impact on electorates in the general elections. Mome Salem of SDPI moderated the proceedings.
Sharing details of 22 point manifesto, Syed Haider Abbas Rizvi, former MNA and central leader of the MQM, said that an effective implementation of Local Government system was their top priority. “We want to bring ‘revolution through devolution’ where local governments- the third tier of government - would empower people, strengthen state and bring prosperity in the country”, he added.
He said, “The MQM has played a crucial part in introducing provincial autonomy through 18th amendment but unfortunately the powers were not devolved further at local level.” He added. “If voted to power, the MQM would give more powers and autonomy to the city and district governments.”
Briefing on the party ideology, he said the MQM is the party of middle class common men and strives for eradication of feudal system and political authoritarianism in Pakistan and this is the reason that most of tickets are given to ordinary people. He said the party stands for liberal, progressive and democratic society and opposes all forms of terrorism.
Referring to recent killing of the MQM party candidate for upcoming elections, he said, “The party has paid heavy price for its principled stance and it would continue to raise voice against extremism, hatred and oppression.”
Former MQM MPA and Sindh Minister for Youth Affairs Faisal Sabzwari said that MQM manifesto tackles wide range of

issues including education, health, economy, governance, corruption, terrorism and poverty alleviation in Pakistan.
Considering health and education as most crucial sector, he said the MQM manifesto promises allocation of 5 percent of GDP each for education and health. He suggested increase in tax net by applying agricultural income throughout the country and stopping the leakages in various sectors.
He said the MQM promises radical reforms in education sector particularly in textbooks where hate material would be removed which is promoting extremism in the country. He said, “The time has come that we as a nation stand united against extremism and secure a bright future for our coming generations,” adding that not only removing internal threats, but cordial relations with neighbors would also improve stability of the country.
Regarding a point on FATA, he demanded the removal of FCR laws and establishing new provinces if there is demand from the people of tribal areas.Dr Pervez Hoodbhoy, an analyst and eminent educationist also spoke on the occasion and said, “The MQM manifesto is a comprehensive policy document but major challenges are the implementation and how the major promises in social development and reforms in governance, energy and environment would be carried out in the current difficult situation.”
Senior analyst Mukhtar Ahmed also presented his analysis of the manifesto and said that allocation of 10 percent of GDP for health and education seems to be not realistic keeping in view the existing resources and tax to GDP ratio of only 10 percent in Pakistan.




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