Infostani International: As Pakistan’s elections draw near, Nawaz Sharif, leader of the PML-N, unveiled the party’s manifesto in Lahore. The manifesto focuses on economic priorities and outlines commitments to reduce power bills, create jobs, engage the youth, and address various critical issues. Let’s explore the key highlights of the PML-N’s vision for Pakistan’s future.
PML-N Unveils Manifesto: Nawaz Sharif Outlines Vision for Economic Prosperity, Social Reforms, and Foreign Policy
Less than two weeks before the elections, Nawaz Sharif, the leader of the Pakistan Muslim League–Nawaz (PML-N), presented the party’s manifesto on Saturday, pledging to “fully implement” it if the party attains power.
In Lahore, the stronghold of the party, the PML-N manifesto was disclosed during a gathering, with the former premier emphasizing the country’s economy as the most crucial element of their agenda.
Nawaz expressed the pain of being ousted from the government and stressed the importance of acknowledging mistakes. Avoiding a detailed discussion on the closure of the Result Transmission System (RTS), he mentioned the potential of having a government similar to Punjab if it had not been shut down.
Reflecting on the previous government, Nawaz stated, “If I was there in the previous government instead of the person who you saw, I would have never done what he did,” referring to former premier Imran Khan. He criticized the people of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) for being easily deceived, having voted for Imran Khan.
PML-N Manifesto Highlights for National Development and Youth Empowerment
If the PML-N secures power for the fourth time, Nawaz assured a 20 to 30 percent reduction in power bills, along with the provision of “affordable and increased electricity” and a boost in national development. The manifesto also outlined plans for a substantial job creation initiative and simplified access to loans for establishing businesses.
To appeal to the youth, the party intends to reinstate student unions and allocate funds for IT start-ups while expanding the National Youth Scheme. The manifesto also affirmed the continuation of the PML-N’s foreign policy approach, promising to send a “message of peace” to other countries, including the reversal of the August 2019 action in occupied Kashmir.
For overseas Pakistanis, the party’s manifesto emphasized collaboration in “rebuilding Pakistan” and pledged to institute Constitutional, legal, judicial, and administrative reforms. Educational sector reforms, the revitalization of tourism, and sports-related initiatives such as new stadiums and sports academies were also outlined.
The manifesto further addressed modernizing agricultural practices, empowering women, introducing new labor policies, and taking action against violence directed toward the country’s minorities.