The Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) has unveiled its comprehensive manifesto, titled “Chuno Nai Soch Ko” (Choose New Thinking), outlining its vision for Pakistan if it secures victory in the upcoming general elections on February 8. Party chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari took to social media platform X to share the manifesto, emphasizing the PPP’s commitment to addressing poverty, unemployment, and inflation.
The manifesto strongly emphasizes poverty alleviation and improving facilities for the working and lower classes. Key focus areas include healthcare, education, food security, and women’s empowerment. The PPP commits to doubling the real incomes of wage earners through economic growth, investments, and job creation. It pledges an annual 8% increase in the minimum wage to ensure it aligns with the living wage.
Housing is considered a fundamental right by the PPP, and the manifesto promises homeownership for vulnerable groups, including the poor, landless, and working classes. The party introduces the “Bhook Mitao Programme” to enhance food security, make nutritious food affordable, support domestic production, subsidize local producers, and empower women as active entrepreneurs.
The manifesto also outlines specific initiatives, such as issuing labor cards for the country’s labor class and providing school fee payments, health insurance, and old age benefits. The PPP introduced the “Haari Kisan card” to offer subsidies on fertilizers and crop insurance, while small loans through the Waseela-e-Haq program will be provided to impoverished women.
The party’s 10-point agenda includes ambitious goals like doubling real income for wage earners, providing free solar energy for the poor, ensuring education for all, free healthcare across Pakistan, housing projects for flood-affected and poor populations, and expanding welfare programs like BISP.
In addition, the PPP plans to enhance support for laborers through the Benazir Mazdoor Card, introduce a “Youth Card” for unemployed youth, and implement the “Youth Markaz” initiative. The manifesto underscores the party’s commitment to a transformative and inclusive vision for Pakistan’s future.