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MQM unveils 'people-centric' manifesto for election,The News International

 Date: 4/1/2013   Views:1652    Source: The News International

KARACHI: The Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) Monday unveiled what it calls its 'people-centric' manifesto for the upcoming general election.


Deputy Convener MQM Coordination Committee, Dr Farooq Sattar and its other members announced the manifesto here at the party’s headquarters.


MQM’s manifesto stressed reforms and party’s priorities to tackle a wide range of issues including education, health, economy, governance, corruption, terrorism, law and order, poverty alleviation, unemployment, industries and labour sectors.


Dr Sattar said that empowerment of people was a key for the country’s prosperity, adding the MQM would take effective measures towards empowering the masses and bring feudal class and landlords under the tax net and impose an agricultural tax.


He said the local bodies system was a part of the MQM manifesto, regretting that although a democratic set up remained in the country for the past five years, the fruits of democracy failed to trickle down to the masses. Dr Sattar said the MQM would hold local bodies elections for devolution of powers to the grass root level.


The MQM leader also said that reforms would also be introduced in present dual system of education under which Urdu medium public sector educational institutions would be brought at par with the private sector English medium institutions.


“Measures will be taken to drastically revise the syllabi of the public sector and Urdu medium schools for a uniform syllabi in all the educational institutions. Madaris and religious seminaries will be upgraded through provision of incentives with a view to make them part of the mainstream education at national level” the MQM leader said.