“The Muslim League has won
and established Pakistan and it is the Muslim League whose duty it
is now, as Custodian of the sacred trust, to construct Pakistan.”
Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah
Our vision is shaped by Pakistan and Pakistan alone, and the interests
of Pakistan and its people always come first. Pakistan is paramount for
us all, as the country created by the Muslim League under the great
leadership of the Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah. As inheritors of
this legacy of the freedom struggle, we have to promote the vision of
our founding fathers, Quaid-i-Azam and Allama Muhammad Iqbal.
Promoting pride in Pakistan, projecting history of its Freedom Movement
and respect for its Founding Fathers is the corner stone of our vision.
We stand for upholding Islamic & moral values
· Live and let live.
· Decency, tolerance and harmony.
· Ensuring justice and freedom of expression.
· Family values.
· Dignity of the common citizen.
· Protection and promotion of the rights of the female population and
providing freedom from fear and oppression.
· Opposing hypocrisy and double standards.
· Protection of the rights of minorities.
· Promoting human rights and respect for the rule of law.
· Stating ‘Kalima-e-Haq’ (Truth).
“I am sure that democracy is in our blood. It is in our marrows.
Only centuries of adverse circumstances have made the circulation of the
blood cold. But the blood is circulating again, thanks to the Muslim
Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah.
April 24, 1943
Pakistan itself is a product of the democratic process under the
leadership of Muslim League led by the Quaid-i-Azam. Democracy,
therefore, is central to our belief. We are convinced that the right to
vote, without fear or favour, is sacrosanct and there should not be any
infringement of this fundamental right.
· Apart from supporting parliamentary democracy and fair and free
elections under a strong and independent Election Commission, the
Pakistan Muslim League also believes in promoting a democratic political
culture within the country and within the Party.
· We strongly believe in inner party democracy, where all Party members
have the right of dissent and difference of opinion. It is in this
context that the PML office bearers are elected according to the Party
Constitution and there are regular meetings of the Party leadership,
including the Central Executive Committee, the Policy Planning Group and
the Central Working Committee.
· The PML also feels that the President and the Secretary General should
not hold more than two successive terms of their respective elected
offices, and both have voluntarily announced their decision to step down
upon expiry of their term.
· The PML feels that the government and the opposition are two wheels of
the chariot of democracy.
· The role of opposition is as important as that of government in
strengthening democracy. The PML regards the opposition as a key
stakeholder in the democratic process and supports an institutionalized
role for the opposition.
· The opposition should be consulted in all major decision making and
given key committees of Parliament, including chairmanship of the Public
· FATA badly needs a healing touch so that through democracy and
development, the area can be secured against terrorism and extremism.
The PML believes that political parties can be a major factor of unity,
peace and stability in FATA. A party-based democratic political process
in FATA would be the biggest antidote to terrorism and extremism.
· The PML, in keeping with its track record, will promote a Culture of
Conciliation and reject the Culture of Revenge, which is one of the main
causes of our recurring political stability.
“Now I want to make this State of Pakistan happy and
prosperous and we should wholly and solely concentrate on the well-being
of the people, specially the masses and the poor.”
Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah.
August 11, 1947
The economic and social development of Pakistan is the backbone of our
nation. In the last several years, Pakistan’s economy has had very
£ Gross Domestic Product (GDP), which was $ 63 billion in 1999, has now
reached $ 162 billion, growing at an average of 7% over the last four
£ Per capita income has increased to $ 925 from $ 435.
£ Revenue collection, which was at around Rs.300 billion in 1999,
crossed a record Rs.1 trillion, creating more fiscal space for
£ Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP), which hovered around Rs.80
billion during the 1988-99 period, reached Rs.520 billion this year.
£ Foreign direct investment (FDI), which was around $ 300 million in
1999, now has peaked to $ 6.5 billion.
£ Remittances are at a record $ 5.5 billion.
£ Exports rose from $ 9 billion to $ 17 billion.
£ Foreign Exchange reserves $ 16 billion.
£ Karachi Stock Exchange (KSE) index rose to 14,000 points from 1000
points in 1999.
· The PML shall develop an enterprise culture which develops skills,
supports workers and creates jobs.
· Agriculture is the base of our economy and the PML will take all
appropriate steps to increase agricultural production to develop food
self-sufficiency and to promote high value crops for export.
· Education, PML’s number one priority, is central to building a modern
developed society and the Pakistan Muslim League will seek to ensure
free and universal primary education.
· The PML also makes a commitment for mass literacy in the country
within the next 10 years. Training of teachers, expansion of their
expertise and increasing their salaries and status would be ensured.
· The PML would also like to set aside a special day in the national
calendar as the “National Teachers Day” as a mark of respect to the
honourable profession of teaching.
· The existing educational institutions will be improved and upgraded
from primary to secondary, from secondary to higher secondary and from
schools to colleges. This would specially be provided in the case of
education for girls and women as well as institutions in rural and
backward areas. Vocational and technical education would be encouraged
so that education is linked to enhancement of skills.
· The sector of Madrassah education is highly neglected and the PML
would seek to provide all facilities and financial support for
modernization of Madrassahs especially in curriculum. The Madrassah
students will thus be able to benefit both from religious education as
well as the education provided by other schools.
· The Pakistan Muslim League will also ensure that all scholarships
offered to Pakistanis, either at home or from overseas, will be duly
publicized through advertisements and through the internet so that these
can be availed well in time by deserving students and these are not
allowed to lapse.
· The Higher Education Commission would be made autonomous and
encouraged to improve quality of universities. Retirement age of
teachers will be increased to 65.
· The PML will also take up the case with respective foreign governments
regarding the denial of student visas to Pakistani students in sciences
like physics and engineering since this is an infringement on the right
to education and knowledge and based on political and ethnic profiling.
· The PML will encourage setting up of public libraries equipped with
the modern research and reference tools, including internet facilities.
· Sports, Arts, Music and languages as well as English and Maths shall
be taught in all schools. PML’s plan is to tailor our educational system
to individual pupil needs, involving parents and teachers support in
raising academic standards and moral values.
· The PML will also try to ensure that drug companies in Pakistan are
able to provide access to affordable essential life saving drugs for the
common man. Producers of fake drugs will be given exemplary punishment.
· A special National Foundation would be established for provision of
group life and medical insurance for artists, artisans, writers, poets,
sportsmen and journalists. In this way, a large section of society which
provides skills and services to society will be able to have access to
quality medical care.
· On the issue of health, the PML aims to have a National Health Service
backed by sustained investment in hospitals to provide better treatment
to the patients. Doctors will be given special incentives to serve in
· The PML also plans to upgrade and expand the existing health care
structure of the country, specially focusing on the far flung and the
less developed regions of the country. This would include expansion and
up-gradation of the existing health care network with modern medical
facilities and setting up of separate female/gynae units in each
hospital and medical centre.
· For the environment, the PML is committed to a greener and cleaner
Pakistan and all major projects that would be undertaken in the future
would have an environmental feasibility study. A national campaign would
also be launched to provide steps to protect the environment,
particularly the protection of green areas, planting of trees and
development of forests.
· Mass transit is pivotal to major urban centres and the PML will take
initiatives to provide easily accessible mass transit and public
transport to commuters living in urban areas. The existing water ways,
particularly rivers, would also be utilized for providing water
transportation between different regions of Pakistan. This would ease
pressure on road transport and provide for travel alternatives.
· The PML will promote cycle culture to ensure cheap and easily
available transportation for the common man. This will also improve the
nation’s health and be pollution free. In all future construction of
roads, special bicycle lanes will be provided.
· A clean drinking water task force would also be established to ensure
that the overwhelming majority of Pakistan’s population has access to
· The PML will also set up a Food Safety Commission for the prevention
of adulteration and preservation of better standards for food hygiene
and safety throughout the country. Quality control of foodstuffs will be
ensured through legislation and administrative monitoring.
· The PML believes that Corruption is a big impediment to development
and good governance. However, regrettably in Pakistan, there has never
been any across-the-board accountability. In fact, all anti-corruption
campaigns have been politically motivated to hound and harass the
opposition. An independent, non-partisan anti-corruption institution,
free of government control, will be established with a view to attacking
corruption without fear or favour so that accountability is not used as
a weapon of revenge against political opponents.
· The PML believes in building dams and water reservoirs based on need,
but through consultation and consensus.
· The Pakistan Muslim League strongly believes in promoting self
reliance at all levels and considers this a major means to mobilize the
creative skills of the Pakistani people. The PML will launch a Village
Development Initiative for integrated development of rural communities,
comprising some 70% of the population. Each village would have a
5-person committee to prepare development projects, in cooperation with
the local government. The provincial and the federal government will
provide all necessary assistance, including skills training and loans.
This will generate villages’ productive capacity in such areas as
cottage industry and handicrafts, vocational training, milk preservation
and livestock development.
· The PML will promote the self-reliance principle for poor,
hardworking, skilled people who do not have funds for setting up small,
home-based businesses. Most of such people do not have access to the
country’s banking facilities since there are only approximately 5
million bank account holders out of a population of 160 million. The
Pakistan Muslim League will establish a state-supported Skills Promotion
Trust to generate easily available small loans for persons desirous of
transforming their skills for generating incomes on self help basis.
Widows, the disabled and jobless youth will be especially able to
benefit by harnessing their talents and hard work for gainful
· The right to a decent shelter is a fundamental human right and the PML
would like to ensure that housing is no longer a monopoly of only those
with money. The Pakistan Muslim League would like to prepare a
revolutionary programme for provision of low cost housing to those who
cannot afford it. The PML will establish a Cheap Homes Initiative that
will be based on a coordination of a troika comprising:
· State land provided free by the Government;
· Builders willing to build low cost housing; and
· Home owners paying in installments for construction of this low cost
“Pakistan guarantees that federated units of the National
Government would have all the autonomy that you will find in the
constitutions of the United States of America, Canada and Australia. But
certain vital powers will remain vested in the Central Government such
as the monetary system, national defence and other federal
responsibilities. Each federated State or province would have its own
legislative executive and judicial systems, each of the three branches
of Government being constitutionally separate.”
Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah.
November 8, 1945
· The Pakistan Muslim League is the architect of devolution of powers in
Pakistan and it strongly feels that decentralization is a key to good
governance. The PML believes that strong provinces mean a strong
Pakistan and it does not subscribe to the doctrine of a ‘strong centre’.
The Pakistan Muslim League is committed to provincial autonomy within
the federal framework, and it will continue the positive initiative
taken in this regard by the Parliamentary Committee on Balochistan.
· While there has been devolution of powers from the provinces to the
districts, there is need for devolution of authority from the federation
to the provinces.
· Within the Ministries/Departments, there should also be
decentralization of authority, as well as downsizing of the Prime
Minister’s Secretariat. There is too much centralized control which
retards good governance. The greater the decentralization, the greater
will be the empowerment of the people at the grass roots level. Rules of
Business will be accordingly revised to remove red-tape.
· The PML also feels that the Constitution should be implemented in
letter and spirit. Those subjects belonging to the provinces should be
handed back to them. There should be minimal interference from the
centre in the functioning of the provinces.
· Provincial autonomy must include the right to regulate and control the
natural resources existing within each province.
· The Senate, which embodies the rights of the federation, should be
strengthened; as each province, irrespective of population and size, is
equal under the Constitution.
· The Pakistan Muslim League will ensure that provinces which take
special initiatives to enhance the welfare of the people, particularly
poverty alleviation, will be provided with special assistance by the
“You are free; you are free to go to your temples, you are
free to go to your mosques or to any other place of worship in this
State of Pakistan. You may belong to any religion or caste or creed;
that has nothing to do with the business of the State.”
Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah
August 11, 1947
Pakistan is an example of unity in diversity and its four provinces
include people of different ethnic groups, languages and cultures.
Different sections of Pakistani society must have equal rights and equal
opportunity. Pluralism strengthens the democratic functioning of the
· The PML will ensure access to speedy justice and it will prepare an
Action Plan to ensure the phasing out and abolition of longstanding
litigation, especially cases involving property and family disputes,
seeking their resolution within a specified timeframe.
· Empowerment of women will be pursued with vigour since no country can
progress unless and until it gives over 50% of its population equal
rights in the country’s political, social, economic and cultural life.
· The Pakistan Movement would not have been a success had there not been
contributions by women, especially the sister of the Quaid-i-Azam,
Madar-i-Millat Mohtarma Fatima Jinnah. The PML will promote the
Madar-i-Millat as a role model for Pakistani women, so that they can be
inspired to contribute to society equally with men.
· Women’s rights would be protected, restored, strengthened and promoted
on every level. The PML strongly believes that no meaningful national
development can be achieved without the full participation of women in
nation building. Empowerment of women has a multiplier effect on the
family and the whole nation.
· Fundamental human rights and dignity of women would be guaranteed and
justice provided, including legal prosecution against acts of physical
and domestic violence and honour killings.
· The Pakistan Muslim League will also ensure the end of such unjust and
unacceptable practices like Wanni, Karokari, honour killings, marriage
with Quran, etc. and ensure that women are not deprived of their due
property rights by their more powerful male relatives.
· Pakistan is a young nation since 100 million of its population is less
than 25 years of age. As such, two-third of the country’s population,
which is the majority of this country, would be provided with special
initiatives and policies. The Ministry of Youth Affairs will work
directly under the Prime Minister’s Secretariat.
· Opportunities for employment of youth will be provided both at home
and abroad and the PML will enhance teaching of communication skills
including computer and Information Technology.
· During the summer holidays, special inter-provincial youth campaigns
will be launched for providing opportunities for the youth of different
provinces to work together to enhance inter-provincial harmony.
· The PML supports the initiative of a Youth Parliament and feels that
this provides invaluable training in democracy for youth and students
and it will encourage the establishment of a Youth Parliament at the
centre and the provinces.
· For the overseas Pakistanis youth with families in Pakistan, the PML
will support initiatives for these youth to travel back to Pakistan
during their summer holidays for orientation campaigns so that they can
be sensitized to their culture and to their country periodically.
· Senior citizens are a tremendous source of wisdom, knowledge and
experience for any society, and the PML will take major initiatives for
senior citizens so that the society can still benefit from their
experience. The PML will organize special facilities for needy senior
citizens so that it can facilitate their cheap travel and medical needs.
· The PML will ensure the special needs and rights of the disabled are
upheld, particularly their right to a normal life as equal citizens. The
quota of the disabled in government employment will be enhanced.
Wheelchair access and special toilets for the disabled will be made
compulsory in construction of all future buildings. They will also be
given equal opportunity for studying at all the educational institutions
including those for higher education, both at home and abroad. A new
Ministry will be created to cater to their needs and rights.
· The PML believes in equal rights of all Pakistanis, including those
who are serving prison terms. The PML will try to ensure that those
prisoners who cannot afford to pay their fines to gain their freedom
will be provided this amount by the State. And those prisoners who
cannot afford a lawyer will be provided with Public Legal Defenders at
· The PML will ensure that the rights of the children and bonded labour
are protected. Legislation will be swiftly undertaken against child
abuse and exploitation, as well as for their protection from prison
· Orphans and children with special needs will be provided with
incentives and training for special skills. The existing orphanages will
be provided with funding to upgrade their facilities.
· The rights of labour and peasants shall be protected and the PML will
develop a skilled labour force to meet the challenges of a vast growing
economy. The minimum wages of labour will be periodically fixed to
counter inflation to provide a reasonable standard of living for the
· The PML believes that flourishing of arts and culture is vital to
development of any society and it will take strong steps to promote
diverse cultures and languages of Pakistan including steps for
protection of cultural heritage. The PML also feels that “soft power”
like culture, media, sports and academia, can be very important for
improving the image of Pakistan.
· The PML will seek the establishment of an office of Cultural
Ambassador who would play a key role in promoting Pakistani culture
abroad, given the rich diversity of Pakistan’s cultural heritage. In
this regard, Sufi teachings, thoughts and traditions would be encouraged
since they promote tolerance and harmony.
· In the current context the PML strongly feels that it is important to
examine the reasons and causes for rise of extremism in society. After
examining the causes, the PML will prepare a strategy based on education
and persuasion, not use of force, to combat all kinds of extremism in
society. This national strategy will be prepared by a special Task Force
to combat extremism and this Task Force will be asked to present its
recommendations and report within 100 days of its formation.
· The PML strongly believes in the rights of consumers and the need to
eliminate adulteration either in food stuff or in medicines. At the same
time, price hike and hoarding is breaking the backbone of the common man
and steps will be taken to attack these twin anti-people practices.
· The PML will ensure legislation to protect the rights of consumers. In
this regard, Consumer Protection Societies will be encouraged.
· The PML considers overseas Pakistanis as a tremendous source of
strength for Pakistan and they work as unofficial ambassadors of
goodwill for Pakistan wherever they live and work. The overseas
Pakistanis deserve to be given their due rights and role in their mother
· The PML will endeavour to provide the right of vote to overseas
Pakistanis and the Party will propose a Constitutional amendment to
provide for representation for overseas Pakistanis in the Pakistan
· The PML considers religious minorities of the country as equal
citizens of the Pakistani state and they have the same rights as
Muslims. The minorities will have full freedom of worship and the right
to employment in all sectors of the Pakistani state. Their religious
holidays will be commemorated nationally with the help of the State. The
PML also appreciates the constructive role played by the minority
missionary institutions in imparting quality education to Pakistanis in
different parts of the country.
· The Pakistan Muslim League also believes that in building a better
Pakistan, it is imperative that moral values and character building are
promoted. These include honesty, integrity, simplicity, hard work,
truthfulness, merit, fair-play and the courage of convictions.
· The PML also rejects evils of society such as the Sifarishi culture
(culture of patronage) and Khushamdi culture (culture of sycophancy),
which should be strongly discouraged. The PML feels that the crisis of
morality in our society can be combated by reverting to the universal
principles enshrined in Islam as well as the practices and professions
of such role models as the Holy Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) and
Pakistan’s founding fathers, Quaid-i-Azam and Allama Iqbal.
“The Armed Forces of Pakistan are the custodians of the life, property
and honour of the people of Pakistan. The Defence Forces are the most
vital of all Pakistan’s Services and, correspondingly, a very heavy
responsibility and burden lies on your shoulders.”
Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah
Quetta, June 14, 1948
· The Pakistan Muslim League believes that a strong defence is
imperative to guard the country’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.
The PML shares the entire nation’s pride in the professionalism of its
Armed Forces. The PML supports modern and well equipped Armed Forces, as
a professional fighting machine functioning within the framework of the
Constitution. Such a defence force is vital for national security.
· National security can no longer be defined purely in terms of military
might alone. In today’s world, national security should be redefined
also by civilian components like the Constitution, respect for the rule
of law and human rights, political parties with a national vision,
provincial autonomy, a strong economy and education, an independent
media and judiciary, a robust civil society as well as a sovereign
· The PML supports the development of an indigenous defence capability
and defence production since that is important in lessening dependence
on outside assistance.
· The country’s defence and foreign policy function closely with each
other and this foreign policy should protect the interests of the state
as well as reflect the aspirations of the people.
· Pakistan’s nuclear programme is a vital component of Pakistan’s
national security and serves both as a deterrence against aggression and
to preserve and protect our national independence. Since Pakistan has no
aggressive intentions against any state, Pakistan will not accept double
standards on the nuclear issue nor allow intrusion into its nuclear
programme or provide access to any of its nuclear installations and
scientists to outsiders.
· The PML feels that no foreign country has the right to dictate or
interfere in Pakistan’s internal affairs and we will seek to build
friendly relations with all countries on the basis of equality and
reciprocity. Pakistan shall not allow its territory to be used against
any neigbouring country and the PML feels that the country’s foreign
policy should be geared towards strengthening Pakistan’s security and
stability, with the first priority being peace in the region where
Pakistan is located.
· The PML is against terrorism, extremism and violence in all its forms
and manifestations. The PML feels that terrorism has no religion since
terrorism is a common enemy of all humanity.
· The PML would like to strengthen relations with our traditional
friends like China, promote peace in the region, especially South Asia
and Central Asia, deepen relations with the Muslim Ummah and build
stable and friendly relations with the West and the international
· The PML strongly feels that international politics should be governed
by the rule of law and the United Nations Charter and it rejects any
notion of “might is right” since that would mean reverting to the law of
· The PML supports the right of self determination of the people of
Jammu and Kashmir through implementing UN resolutions. However, in order
to break the deadlock on this issue existing for the last 60 years, the
PML would support all those initiatives to peacefully resolve the
Kashmir question which enjoy the support and backing of the Kashmiri
people. The PML recognizes the APHC as representing the voice of the
oppressed Kashmiri people. The PML will support any settlement of
Kashmir that is just and honourable, which is acceptable to the Kashmiri
· The peace process with India will be pursued with vigour, since it is
conducive to a stable and peaceful South Asia.
· For the Pakistan Muslim League, Kashmir is a problem of humanity and
welfare of Kashmiris comes first, before the territory of Jammu and
· The PML supports the establishment of an independent democratic state
in Palestine with Jerusalem as its capital. The PML strongly feels that
the people of the West Bank and the Gaza have the right to elect any
government of their own choice.
· The PML feels that the war against Iraq was wrong and illegal and it
feels that the way out is a peaceful solution through termination of
foreign occupation. There should be efforts to replace the occupation
with a joint United Nations - OIC peacekeeping force.
· The PML also feels that there should be a peaceful solution to the war
in Afghanistan and efforts should be made by the foreign forces in
Afghanistan to initiate a dialogue with the resistance. Only through
national reconciliation can Afghanistan be stable and peace return to
that war-torn country.
· The Pakistan Muslim League also supports Iran’s right to a peaceful
nuclear programme under the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
safeguards and it rejects any threat of force or use of force to resolve
this issue. The PML also welcomes the latest report from the US in this
regard which clearly proves that Iran is not pursuing a nuclear weapons
· The PML supports Pakistan’s initiative endorsed by the Islamic Summit
in Malaysia in 2003 for reform of the Organization of Islamic Conference
(OIC). In this regard, the PML welcomes the report and recommendations
of the Commission of Eminent Persons and hopes that these
recommendations will be implemented in letter and spirit to make the OIC
· The PML also supports strengthening of the Defence and Foreign Affairs
Committees of the National Assembly and the Senate and feels that these
committees must have the right to have access to all information
pertaining to their respective ministries. The PML also welcomes the
initiatives of opening up these Committee meetings to the press and the
public so that the bureaucratic culture of secrecy is replaced by
· The PML feels that the Foreign Office should be more people-friendly
and its professionalism restored. Pakistani missions abroad should
redefine their role, by serving non-VIP Pakistani citizens with a speedy
commitment and serving overseas Pakistanis should be part of their
The people of Pakistan owe a debt of gratitude to the Quaid-i-Azam
Muhammad Ali Jinnah and the Muslim League for giving us freedom and
independence. The creation of Pakistan through a democratic political
process and a mass political struggle was nothing short of a miracle in
the annals of modern history given the almost insurmountable odds. As
the eminent American historian, Professor Stanley Wolpert rightly wrote
in his tribute to the Father of the Nation:
“Few individuals significantly alter the course of history. Fewer still
modify the map of the world. Hardly anyone can be credited with creating
a nation-state. Mohammad Ali Jinnah did all three.”
Despite the crises of the last 60 years, the people of Pakistan have
demonstrated tremendous resilience and the ability to bounce back. They
have demonstrated a ‘can do’ confidence, invariably overcoming
difficulties. The Pakistan Muslim League resolves to restore the
people’s faith in national institutions and combat the evils of
sectarianism and parochialism, which alongwith the scourge of extremism
and terrorism, are today the biggest security threats to Pakistan.
Today, Pakistan is moving forward, fuelled by a booming economy and an
emerging and articulate middle class, a vibrant civil society, an
independent judiciary and a free media. The PML will strengthen these
positives of an open and democratic society to build a better tomorrow.
The PML will seek to promote optimism and faith in the future, rejecting
the negative thinking of the prophets of pessimism. Such ingratitude (na’shukri)
should be dismissed with the contempt it deserves.
Let it not be said that Pakistan was let down by leaders who were not
equal to the task. As the Party that successfully led the struggle for
freedom 60 years ago, the Pakistan Muslim League will, Insha-Allah,
succeed in building a better and stronger Pakistan with the support of
We remain committed to our motto:
Live & Let Live.
Giving hope to the hopeless,
PAKISTAN MUSLIM LEAGUE Zindabad.