Election Manifesto 2018

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1. Constitutional and legal reforms

  • Basic amendments to the Constitution will be made through which every citizen, regardless of religion, colour, race or gender, will have equal constitutional rights, and religion will be separated from the affairs of the state. Along with this, all those constitutional amendments made during various martial law periods, or which generate differences amongst citizens will be repealed.
  • All the laws of the country will be based on secular principles, thus annulling all those laws that discriminate between citizens on the bases of class, gender, religion, or ethnicity.

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2. Electoral reforms to ensure representation of the People

  • The current electoral system enumerated in the Constitution will be amended in favour of a system of proportional representation, in which women will be allocated a minimum of 33% representation, and minimum representations for workers, peasants, religious minorities and intellectuals will also be allocated. In the direct elections for political parties, in addition to seats, representation will be in proportion to the total number of votes polled for each. All election laws will be made according the court decision in the Workers Party case of 2012.

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3. A foreign policy based on peace and freedom

  • Peace and democracy will be supported around the world. Friendly relations based on the principle of equality will be established with all countries including our neighbours.
  • Foreign policies will be formulated keeping in view the basic economic needs of the masses and the sovereignty of the country.
  • The economic, political and military policies of the United States and all other imperial countries will be opposed on an international level.
  • National liberation movements and pro-people revolutions around the world will be supported
  • There will be no interference in the internal matters of other countries, nor will foreign interference in Pakistan’s internal matters be tolerated.
  • While establishing friendly relations with neighbouring countries, unnecessary defence expenditure will be eliminated, thereby reducing the overall government budget. Reductions will be made in all non-productive expenditures so that more can be spent on development expenditures. The wide gap in salaries and perks between officers and non-commissioned officers will be reduced.

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4. Fair distribution of agricultural land amongst the people

  • Large landownership, and the remains of the tribal and feudal systems will be dismantled. All land occupied in the name of ‘military farms’ as well as lands distributed to military and civil bureaucrats will brought under public custody to be used for productive purposes.
  • Absentee land ownership will be ended. The maximum land ownership of irrigated land will be limited to 25 acres, and 50 acres for non-irrigated land. All excess land recovered through these limitations will be distributed amongst landless peasants and farmworkers.
  • The sale of agricultural land allotted to domestic or foreign investors will be reviewed keeping in mind farmer livelihoods and food security. An equitable share of redistributed land ownership will be ensured for women.
  • Land consolidation at the government level will take place in those non-irrigated areas where land has not been consolidated already.
  • The production of agricultural medicine, synthetic fertilisers, and seeds will be regulated and significant reductions will be made in their prices, while the minimum prices of farmers’ crops will also be set.
  • Subsidies will be provided for the supply and sale of electricity and diesel for agricultural purposes.
  • Legislation will be passed to give farm and rural workers the same rights and privileges as industrial workers.
  • The provision of water for agriculture to southern parts of the country, especially Sindh, will be ensured, and concrete measures will be taken to halt the environmental degradation in the delta area.
  • The practice of confiscating the land of small farmers in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa through the Forestry Act will be brought to an end.
  • The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Land Tenancy Act will be repealed and and legislation will be passed to protect the rights of peasants.

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5. Pro-people development

  • The government will take responsibility for the general planning and oversight of the economy.
  • Capitalist globalisation, based on “free” markets, privatisation and restrictions on the movement of labour will be opposed.
  • Labour-intensive and ecologically-sensitive industrialization will be promoted.
  • Loans issued by pakistani financial institutions and banks to capitalists, feudal lords, and civil and military bureaucrats will recovered and a complete restriction will be placed on the issuing of such politically-motivated loans in future.
  • Large industries and autonomous industries run by the military and other government bodies will be brought into the public domain.
  • Private investment will be allowed for industrial development, in particular, new industries will be established on a priority basis in underdeveloped regions. However, private industries will not be allowed to become monopolies or extract uncontrolled profits.
  • Workers in all industries will be guaranteed democratic authority and the labour department will be strengthened and empowered for the protection of their legal rights.
  • Local residents will be given priority rights over employment opportunities.
  • Agreements will be made with regional and developed countries based on cooperation and collaboration for the purpose of industrial development, economic independence and autonomy.
  • Guarantees will be made for all development plans to be in harmony with local culture and the environment.
  • Restrictions placed on the right of women to work, such as those emerging from feudal prejudices will be lifted.
  • The water and energy crises will be resolved on an emergency basis.

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6. Dignified and secure employment

  • Rural employment guarantee schemes will be initiated to ensure 150 days of employment per year through public works programs.
  • Wage differences will be reduced in order to end economic inequality
  • The minimum wage for workers will be set at Rs. 30,000 which will be raised in proportion with inflation.
  • Existing labour laws will be fully implemented in order to end the practice of forced labour.
  • Pro-labour legislation will be pass through which government officials will be made responsible for the protection of labour rights.
  • Contract labour will be abolished in factories and industry.
  • The right to associate and form trade unions will be protected for workers in all sectors.
  • Workers in all sectors have the right to leisure, rest and recreation, for which they will be legally guaranteed a minimum of 40 annual holidays, in addition weekly holidays.
  • An unemployment allowance for all unemployed people will be introduced, along with assistance in finding work.
  • Domestic workers will be officially registered and given a contract, through which they will have access to the minimum wage, social security and other facilities.
  • The state will take measures to provide basic needs to all retired citizens along with a pension.

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7. The establishment of a multi-national state and genuine federalism

  • Federating units will be re-organised on the basis of their cultural, economic and geographic contiguity and historical background.
  • Federating units will be given political and economic autonomy as well as rights to their natural resources.
  • Marginalisation and historical injustices will be redressed in the distribution of government resources.
  • The abhorrent laws of the colonial era will be abolished and the people of FATA, Gilgit Baltistan and Jammu Kashmir will be given the right to determine their own future.
  • The right of all nations to self-determination will be constitutionally recognised.

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8. The implementation of a fair and progressive tax system

  • The tax system will be reorganised on an equitable basis.
  • The public will be relieved of indirect taxes. Taxes on the basis of income will be applied to all fields of life, including agriculture and foreign investment.
  • Bodies will be established for the purpose of recovering taxes from capitalists and tax recovery officials will be empowered.
  • Measures will be taken under established international debt relief principles to cancel debts from unjustified foreign loans given to Pakistani rulers and especially military dictators from imperial countries and international financial institutions.
  • Tax amnesties given to various industries through st atutory regulatory orders (SROs) will be reduced and the authority to issue SROs will be transferred from the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) to the parliament.

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9. Making state institutions transparent and under public control

  • All state agencies will be brought under the democratic control of the public at every level. Important government offices will be filled through elections rather than through bureaucratic control
  • All state affairs including documents will be made accessible to the public by strengthening right to information laws.
  • All affairs of the military, police, finance and justice departments will be made transparent and accountable.
  • Powers over the provision of basic services and decision making, resources and oversight of development projects will be devolved to the municipal level to empower the public.

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10. Making the right to housing a reality

In addition to agricultural reforms and the distribution of land, the Awami Workers Party will also take steps to provide housing to all working class households in both cities and rural areas.

  • Recognising the constitutional right to shelter, housing schemes will be established in all cities and town on a large scale in which low-income earning and homeless citizens will be given a plot of land and interest-free loans to build a home. 5% of the national budget will be allocated towards housing.
  • Public housing projects will be based on the principle of incremental housing based on shared housing production by the state and citizenry, with ownership rights granted on the basis of fair, consensual stipulations.
  • All residents of katchi abadi informal settlement will be given land ownership rights and basic municipal services will be provided to them.
  • Legislation will be made to regulate the use of land in cities, with the aim of ending the non-productive use of land, especially the uncontrolled speculative trading of land in the form of “real estate”.
  • At least 25% of the area in all new housing schemes will be allocated for low-income earning citizens.

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11. The establishment of genuine gender equality

  • Women will have equal status in all aspects of life and the right to work in any field of their choice.
  • Women will be given a constitutionally protected minimum representation of 33% in all elected public bodies.
  • All gender-based discrimination will be ended and all discriminatory laws will be annulled.
  • Measures will be taken for strict implementation of all laws regarding the equal rights, and equal stake in social development of women.
  • Public campaigns will be initiated to counter patriarchal, violent and regressive attitudes towards women.
  • Paid maternity leave of 6 months will be instituted.
  • Legal and public awareness measures will be taken to counter the harassment and violence against women in everyday life.
  • Women will have the right to decide whether to bear children.
  • Women will will be given equal inheritance rights.

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12. Political and social freedoms and the protection of minority rights

  • Special legislation will be drawn up for the protection of the right to expression.
  • Constitutional protections for the right to democratic protest will be strengthened and anti-people laws from the British era will be abolished.
  • While strictly adhering to the principle that religious minorities are equal citizens of the country who have equal political, economic, and social development rights, all discriminatory laws which promote animosity between citizens will be abolished.
  • Special legislation will be drawn up to bring an end to the practice of enforced disappearances.
  • Legislation against the harassment of oppressed social groups will be drawn up and implemented.

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13. A non-classist education system and the promotion of critical and constructive thought

  • Government spending on education will be equivalent to at 10% of the GDP.
  • Every citizen will have access to free education up to graduation followed constitutional guarantees to employment.
  • The current class-based education system will be brought to an end. The use of education as a vehicle for bigotry and exploitative commerce will be halted, and will be replaced with unified and quality education.
  • The curriculum will be reformed to bring it in harmony with scientific principles, and all material that promotes hatred against different ethnicities, faith groups and classes will be removed.
  • Specific measured will be implemented for the provision of secondary education in Pakistan, and for the enrolment of children currently out of school.
  • The use of mother languages for education will be promoted.
  • Along with their education, provisions will be made to give the youth and students access to sport and cultural activities. Healthy extra-curricular activities for students will be promoted.
  • Officers of the ministry of education will be legally bound to ensure the right of education to all students.

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14. A free quality health system

  • Access to health will be recognised as a constitutional right and government health expenditure will be equivalent to 10% of the GDP.
  • Free and accessible health services will be provided to the public.
  • Doctors, nurses, paramedics and other health workers will be ensured permanent employment and improved working conditions.
  • Restrictions will be placed on the exploitative anti-people practices of pharmaceutical companies, including the sale of fake medicines.
  • Fees and expenses of private and autonomous hospitals and clinics will be regulated.

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15. The protection of the environment for our children and future generations

  • Far-reaching programs will be drawn up and resources allocated for the protection and fair distribution of water to address the water crisis. Priority will be given for the provision of drinking water to all citizens.
  • Steps will be taken to immediately control coal-based power plants and factories.
  • The monopoly over mineral resources, especially by multinational companies, will be strictly regulated. In general, minerals will be used according to the needs of future generations.
  • Subsidies will be immediate given for the production of renewable energy and a large portion of the budget will be allocated for this.
  • Alternatives to pollution-spreading plastic shopping bags will be made available.
  • Industrial regulations for the protection of the environment will be strengthened and implemented without discrimination.
  • Programs for urbanisation will be made according to to the needs and desires of the people.
  • Mass social awareness campaigns will be initiated for the protection of the environment.