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  Party Manifestoes  

Comparison of Manifestoes of the two Political Parties of Youth Parliament, Pakistan





  Blue Party (Liberal) Green Party (Traditionalist)  

Electoral Reforms:





Age for Candidates for MNAs & MPAs 18 Years (Same as for Voters) 25 Years (Same as at present)  


Proportional Representation 50 % seats of National Assembly be filled through Proportional Representation (People vote for parties and parties get seats in proportion to the votes polled) All National Assembly seats except those for women and non-Muslims be filled by direct contests between candidates in each constituency. (Present system)  
  2 Students Unions      


Students Unions in Colleges and Universities


Should be allowed without any constraints Should be allowed with constraints such as no public expression of political party affiliation by candidates while canvassing etc; strict action against violence in campuses.  




  a. Privatisation No more privatisation of state enterprise. Total free market economy; Airports, Airlines, TV, Radio, Ports, Electric Supply companies, Water Supply Cos, Gas Supply Cos etc - all should be privatized.  
  b. Workers wages Workers be given protection against low wages; Min Salary to be Rs. 5000 (Vs 3500 at present) Workers salaries to be determined purely by market forces.  
  c. Taxation Believes in heavier direct taxes on higher-income persons Believes in lower taxes  
  4 Women Representation Supports current quota for women in the Senate, National and Provincial Assemblies. Efforts should be made to attain 50 % representation of women in Parliament in 10 years. No Quota for women. They are as free as men to contest on general seats.  
  5 Use of Religion in Elections No party should be allowed to use the name of a religion to contest election or to use it to project its identity. There should be no bar on projecting Islamic ideology by parties in Elections  
  6 FATA & PATA FATA & PATA should immediately be made a part of the settled territories of Pakistan A gradual approach should be adopted. FATA and PATA to be made a part of settled territories in 30 yrs.  
  7 Foreign Policy      

South Asia


Supports creation of a ‘United States of South Asia’ on the pattern of European Union, putting all disputes in a freezer; supports immediate visa liberalization with South Asian countries

Insists on an honourable settlement of all disputes including the Kashmir dispute before normalization of relations with India. Kashmir dispute to be resolved on the basis of UN resolutions.

  b. USA Assigns great importance to relations with the US as it is the sole super power of the world. Makes distinction between the US as a country and policies of a particular administration in the US. Reserves the right to oppose any US policy including its policy to invade Iraq without UN approval. Strongly deplores US policy in Iraq and opposes the presence of US troops there. Does not consider that the US should be assigned any particular importance. Considers closer relations with China and EU more important.  
  c. Israel Supports immediate recognition of the state of Israel Opposes recognition of Israel until resolution of Palestine issue  
  d. The Muslim World Supports bilateral relations on reciprocal basis Supports strong and special ties with Muslim Countries; supports strengthening of OIC  
  e. Kashmir Dispute Supports converting Line of Control to international border and making AJK and Northern Areas a province of Pakistan Supports right of self determination of Kashmiries as per the UN resolutions  
  8 National Defence Supports reduction in defence spending to the maximum extent possible Believes in Strong national defence and increased spending to bolster defence.  
  9 Healthcare Supports an effective and welfare-oriented public healthcare system Supports privatization of healthcare system  




  a. Government Role Believes in a strong role of Government in providing education. Believes in high quality education with a role of private sector in it.  
  b. Free Education Supports free high-quality education up to 12th grade and reasonably priced higher education to all qualified candidates. Considers free education idealistic. Supports reasonable charges.  
  c. System of Education Believes in a uniform system of education for all students up to 12th grade (No madressahs, No elitist schools; all to have uniform curriculum) Has no objection to diversity in education system. People should have the right to choose the type of education they like.  
  d. Faith-based education Opposes faith-based public education. Considers religious education a private affair Supports public faith-based education system  
  e. Reproductive-Health education Supports compulsory reproductive-health education from class 6 onwards Supports optional reproductive-health education beyond Class 10  
  11 Provincial Autonomy Supports greater provincial autonomy Supports a strong centre with simpler procedure for altering provincial boundaries and number  
  12 System of Government Supports Parliamentary Democracy Supports Presidential Form of Government  
  13 Media Policy Supports greater liberalisation of media and abolition of a Ministry of Information.  Supports that media should be more mindful of the cultural sensitivities of the country. Supports that Ministry of Information continues.  
  14 Nuclear Policy Believes in renouncing nuclear weapons Believes in nuclear weapons as a deterrent  
  15 Environment Believes in adopting stringent international standards of environment protection Believes that Pakistan should devise its own indigenous environmental protection standards  
  16 Land Reforms Supports further Land Reforms to effectively further reduce the size of land holdings Believes that sufficient Land Reforms have already been introduced and no new limits on land ownership be placed  






WTO Considers WTO regime against the national interest and not people-friendly. Supports delayed application /adoption of WTO regime Supports expeditious application of WTO regime and considers it in the interest of people ultimately.  

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