Announcing his party manifesto on Monday, Pak Sarzameen Party (PSP) Chairperson Syed Mustafa Kamal demanded a presidential form of government for the country, terming the current democratic system obsolete. He said it required an urgent overhaul.
Kamal announced the PSP manifesto during a ceremony at Beach Luxury Hotel. “Today we have initiated a formal debate over the issue of a presidential system,” the PSP chairperson said. He invited all the political forces and stakeholders to give input about presidential form of government.
The presidential system would bring no harm to the political and civilian systems of the country, since the same individual who becomes the prime minister of the country will then be elected the president, Kamal said. However, he maintained that in his proposed system, only those people will be allowed to become ministers who had relevant experience and knowledge of their portfolios. “How can a person who is not an educationist hold the portfolio of education. Similarly, how can someone not related to the medical field become the minister for health and same goes for finance, energy and defence,” argued the PSP chairperson.
Kamal suggested that members of legislative assemblies should not be made ministers, as their job is to make laws. Instead, experts in their respective fields should be appointed ministers, he said, adding that it will ensure good governance in the country.He criticised all the ruling parties of the country for not fulfilling their promises to the people. “Whether it is Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz or Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf or the Pakistan Peoples Party, all three are in the government and all three failed to show good governance,” he said.
The PSP chairperson added that all the three parties protest against each other but sadly conflicts between them are not over public issues but for their political gains. “They will never criticise their opponents for not providing education, health, security or other basic facilities. All they desire is more and more power,” he said.
The PSP manifesto covers 27 different areas that include health, education, economy, security and defence, energy and others, Kamal announced. He claimed that the party manifesto has the capacity to accommodate changes occurring in the world.Kamal claimed that all fields are interlinked in the PSP manifesto, which results in a broader vision. Health is linked with education and education is linked with economy, which is connected with security and the list goes on, he said.
The PSP chairperson said if a child is not provided nutrition he will fail in school and then, if he grows up uneducated, there are chances he will be inducted by criminal groups.
Kamal questioned the boosting economic figures claimed by the government. The government lies about the GDP and wrongly claims that the economy is flourishing, whereas impartial economists call the figures provided by the government fake, he said, adding that the growth of the economy should be determined by the human growth index.The PSP chairperson also demanded devolution of powers to local bodies. The country’s greedy rulers do not want to transfer power to lower levels, he remarked.