As Pakistan prepares for its general elections on July 25, major political parties have already launched their manifestos.
The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) founded by former cricketer, Imran Khan, unveiled its manifesto, titled, "Road to New Pakistan." drawing heavily on socio-religious grounds, Monday. Khan said his mission would be "to make Pakistan an Islamic welfare state." Adding that he would transform the nation "in line with the principles that made the foundation of Medina: Humanity and justice."
Highlighting the manifesto, PTI's Khan said, the party plans to create 10 million jobs in the country, one of the major issues Pakistan is currently facing, and will also introduce low-cost housing schemes for the poor people, Xinhua News reported.
The Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), the country's leading centre-left party founded by Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and headed by Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, was one of the first political parties to have unveiled its election campaign on 30th June, followed by the right-wing, Pakistan Muslim League, PML-N, founded by former prime minister, Nawaz Sharif, that launched its political campaign on July 6 with the slogan 'vote ko izzat do — khidmat ko vote do' (Honour the vote — vote for performance).
At a recent public address in a stadium at Muzaffargarh District, Bilawal said, "Our opponents enjoy no support of the masses and they were depending upon the invisible forces," the Tribune Pakistan reported, adding that he joined politics to carry the mission of his mother.
“PPP will provide equal chances of progress to every individual along with better health and education facilities. No power on earth can stop me from fulfilling these promises of Shaheed Benazir Bhutto for which she struggled for her whole life even when she was imprisoned, exiled and faced one dictator after the other,” he said.
PPP's campaign is focused on the agricultural revolution and pro-farmers policies.
"In the PPP manifesto, there is a revolutionary programme for farmers," Bilawal added that PPP has always introduced farmer friendly manifesto because "when the farmers prosper, the country prospers."
He added that PPP will follow the same pattern of Benazir Income Support Card introduce Benazir Kisaan card and Benazir food card to end poverty under its ‘bhook mitao programme’ (Hunger Elimination program).
According to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), nearly 350,000 military personnel will be deployed inside and outside polling stations for the election day to maintain law and order.