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PTI’s manifesto is fascinating. Loadshedding would be grappled within three years; corruption would be wiped off in 90 days; there would be a uniform education system; timely and affordable justice would be provided to the masses, defence budget would be discussed in Parliament, Pakistan would be turned into an Islamic welfare state; relations would be improved with India and the US, though Pakistan would get out of the US war on terror while the drones would be stopped.
There is hardly any doubt that the manifesto carries a distinct imprint of Imran Khan’s vision. Manifestos are like promises; it is easy to make a promise but takes commitment to see it through. Some grey areas in the booklet, however, do come to notice, like in the long term solution to end loadshedding in which Kalabagh Dam should figure prominently? And besides the approach to tackling militancy could also have been charted in a better way. So far as ‘justice for all’ is concerned, it is incredible. The only problem is that it is a bit Utopian, especially when the small print of bringing that about seems a bit ambiguous.
PTI stands for change that it keeps saying it would bring about even if it takes a revolution. The way towards change that has been promised is not impossible; it would need a collective effort by the people as well and last but not the least an unflinching steadfastness by the party, if it is voted into power.