Infostani International: In a dynamic day of political activism, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) faced widespread rallies, introduced a visionary election manifesto for radical constitutional reforms, and encountered police crackdowns. The manifesto promises direct prime ministerial elections, shorter parliamentary terms, and a ‘Truth and Reconciliation Commission.’ Amidst confrontations, PTI reiterated its commitment to equality, economic reforms, and a ‘Pakistan First’ foreign policy.
PTI Unveils Election Manifesto Amidst Police Crackdown: Direct PM Election, Constitutional Reforms, and Society Equality at the Core
PTI experienced a dynamic day on Sunday, with its candidates and supporters rallying across the country in response to imprisoned leader Imran Khan’s call, facing police crackdowns in various locations. The party’s main leadership revealed its election manifesto, committing to radical constitutional reforms and the establishment of a society where legal treatment is equitable for both the rich and the poor.
Unveiled just ten days before the general elections on February 8, the PTI manifesto included legislative reforms, such as constitutional amendments for the direct election of the prime minister and reducing the tenure of the National Assembly to four years and the Senate’s to five years.
As central leaders presented the manifesto in Islamabad, police initiated crackdowns on PTI rallies in multiple cities, resulting in the arrest of numerous party members and leaders. The manifesto also promised the creation of a ‘Truth and Reconciliation Commission’ to address historical “blunders.”
PTI leader Gohar Khan, addressing a news conference, outlined the party’s commitment to introducing constitutional amendments, directly electing the prime minister by voters, and shortening the terms of both houses of parliament. He emphasized the vision of ‘Riyasat-i-Madina,’ ensuring equal treatment under the law for the rich and the poor.
PTI’s Manifesto and Eventful Day: Economic Solutions, Political Challenges, and Security Incidents
The manifesto, titled ‘Shandaar Pakistan, Shandaar Mustaqbil aur Kharaab Maazi Sey Chutkara,’ pledged economic solutions, with a focus on a stable government, a five-year plan, and expanding the tax base. Other commitments included privatization, an austerity plan, attention to the agricultural sector, increased use of renewables in energy generation, health card reintroduction, and reforms in education.
Regarding foreign policy, PTI pledged cordial relations with other countries, emphasizing the principle of ‘Pakistan First.’
During the press conference, the PTI chairman expressed regret that many leaders who contributed to the 168-page manifesto over the last six months could not attend due to the prevailing situation, indicating efforts to sideline the party from the electoral process.
Simultaneously, PTI workers faced police clashes in various cities, with arrests reported in Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad, Peshawar, and others. Some candidates successfully conducted events in rural areas, while instances of police brutality and clashes were reported. In Bannu, an explosion occurred near the residence of a PTI-backed candidate, resulting in injuries.