ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Muslim League (Q) Monday launched its election manifesto revolving around five ‘Ds’ that were termed as the party’s vision. Launching the manifesto here at a joint news conference the PML (Q) President Chaudhry Shujjat Hussain and Secretary General Mushahid Hussain Sayed said these five ‘Ds’ are Democracy, Development, Devolution, Diversity and Defence.
The two leaders underlined that the party deliberately choose December 10 to launch the PML (Q) manifesto since it coincided with the International Human Rights Day and the Party wanted to reaffirm its commitment to Human Rights as a major priority in its policy.
The manifesto also unveiled two mottos of the party, ‘Live and Let Live”, to focus on promoting tolerance and harmony in politics and the other ‘Giving Hope to the Hopeless.’ The PML (Q) President that said PML is the only party that does not believe in the cult of personality, rather it draws its inspiration from the vision of Pakistan’s founding fathers, Quaid-e-Azam and Allama Mohammad Iqbal. He said PML is committed to a democratic political culture based on culture of reconciliation and rejecting the culture of revenge.
Summing up the manifesto, Shujat Hussain said the manifesto has taken major initiatives that will benefit the majority of Pakistanis. He referred to the village development initiative for integrated development of rural communities, promoting self reliance through skills promotion trust. The programme also envisages low cost housing under what is termed as ‘Cheap Homes Initiative.’
Mushahid Hussain Sayed said that new initiatives proposed in the charter were ‘Doable and Poor Friendly’. He said care has been taken to ensure that the manifesto reaches out to all sections of Pakistan’s population and society, particularly the poor and voiceless. He said that PML wishes to redefine the concept of national security which include, respect for the rule of law and human rights, provincial autonomy, economy and education, civil society, independent media and judiciary and a sovereign parliament.
The manifesto also ruled out allowing any intrusion into its Nuclear Program or providing access to any of its nuclear installations and scientists to outsiders. The PML (Q) has also proposed a Task Force for examining the causes of extremism and it has stated its position on such issues as Kashmir, Afghanistan, Iraq, Palestine and the Iranian nuclear programme. The party manifesto also “Recognizes the APHC as representing the voice of the Oppressed Kashmiri people” and called for the Foreign Office to be more “people friendly”.
PML (Q) Secretary General Senator Mushahid Hussain urged the political parties that instead of resorting to negativism and pessimism they should come out with alternative policies aimed at benefiting the great majority of the people of Pakistan.-SANA