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MQM presents election manifesto, seeks constitutional amendments
- Web Desk
- Jan 04, 2024
KARACAHI: The Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) has presented a manifesto ahead of the general election 2024.
Addressing a press conference, MQM’s Convener Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui said that Pakistan will be strong when the common man is strong. “Efforts should be made to bring stability in the country through elections,” he said.
“We have a constitutional solution for our problems. We have proposed three amendments to the constitution. Like the federation and provinces, local government powers should also be mentioned in the constitution,” he said proposing altercations in the constitution.
“In 50 years, the constitution did not protect the interests of the people. We do not want democracy that is incomplete, flawed, and without powers. We want to empower the 250 million people of Pakistan,” he said.
MQM Senior Deputy Convener Mustafa Kamal said that the people of the province should demand accountability from the chief ministers of Sindh for 70 years. Hundreds of billions have been spent by the Sindhi chief ministers, he said.
“The federation gave billions to the Sindhi chief ministers but they were not ready to be held accountable for this. It is not known where 56% of the country’s budget goes. In 75 years, Balochistan had Baloch chief ministers, and Sindh had Sindhi chief minister,” he said adding the MQM wants to empower the 250 million people.
MQM’s senior leader Farooq Sattar said that the MQM represents the middle-class and we have been cheated for the last 75 years.
He said that without these three amendments, Pakistan does not seem to be progressing. Inflation and unemployment are soaring in the country. We have highlighted the issues of the common man in the manifesto.
According to the MQM manifesto, every citizen of Pakistan should have equal rights; equal representation should be given to the deprived classes. Pakistan is incomplete without delegating constitutional powers to local governments.
The MQM has said to address the issues of electricity, water, and gas. It has demanded that small industries should be under local governments. The manifesto said that permission should be granted to the local governments to carry out electricity projects up to 50 megawatts.
“We need to reduce our income and increase our revenue. There are millions of IT jobs worldwide. We have to produce the youth give the jobs instead of seeking jobs,” he said.
The MQM said that tax should be imposed on income of huge landholders and not on agricultural. It demanded to declare education and health emergency for 10 years. The MQM has demanded that 5% of GDP should be spent on education and health. Enforced disappearances and human rights issues should also be taken up on a priority basis.