PTI unveils manifesto highlighting housing schemes, exports

Chairman Imran Khan of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) on Monday unveiled the party’s manifesto with priorities on housing, exports and the multiple opportunities that come with the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).

The PTI chief announced the manifesto in Islamabad, stating that the country is facing a crisis of inflated exchange rates. “The common man is being crushed. We have seven targets in our election manifesto. It is based on the principals of humanity and justice,” he said. “The biggest challenge for the upcoming government will be economy.”

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“In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (K-P), we take credit for police’s transformation. Police is the biggest challenge, as it is used for political victimisation. Our police had been corrupted over the years. We depoliticised KP police by passing the Police Act. Crime and terrorism went down as a result. In 2013, we had about 200 attacks, killing 1200 policemen, 2 MPs and one minister in a suicide attack,” Imran said while addressing the crowd.

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“The first priority is housing. When the housing industry prospers, other industries also start working. The demand for housing is around 10-15 million. Low-cost housing scheme is the first challenge we have,” Imran said, adding that the next priority goes to CPEC which is a “really big opportunity for us”.

“In order to drive advantage from it, we need to make a feasible strategy. SME industry is a great economic booster. Exports is our next challenge. Our exports have fallen greatly. We need to provide assistance to exporters,” he further added.

Imran further said that the untapped industry of tourism can also benefit the country greatly. “We have so many places full of beauty and majestic scenery. Tourism takes just a pinch of investment and brings us streams of revenues. We commercialised the rest houses in KP. Eventually, tourism shot up in the province,” the PTI chief said.

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Imran also highlighted the depoliticisation of the bureaucracy in K-P and the way civil services have improved greatly in the province.

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