Pakistan Awami Tehrik (PAT)
The Pakistan Awami Tehrik (also written, Pakistan Awami Tehreek or PAT), was founded by Dr Muhammad Tahir ul-Qadri. Its 2002 manifesto described itself as a party capable of representing all sectors of Pakistani society, including youth, women, farmers, traders, employees and minorities, with the goal of promoting inclusion in society of all these groups regardless of religion, sect, color, race and sex.
The PAT described their agenda as a "Common Approach" for Pakistan, based around seven key priorities: education, economy, poverty, health, justice, law and order, and technology. A decidedly moderate approach for Pakistan the PAT has stated that their political agenda is based on the belief that only with complete inclusion of all sectors of Pakistani society and through modernization of agriculture, industry, education, and the judicial system, can Pakistan be improved. The approach was described as scientific, combining "practical thinking, revolutionary aims, modern methodology, and clear plans."
In 1991, PAT and Tehrik-e-Nifas-e-Fiqh-e-Jafria (TNFJ), a shia political group now known as Tehrik-e-Jafria (TJP), signed a 'Communique of Unity' to promote social and religious harmony. And for the first time in the history of Pakistani politics, PAT introduced the idea of a "working relationship" between three groups, PAT, TNFJ, and Tehreek-e-Istaqlal. In 1992, Dr. Qadri presented a complete working plan for interest-free banking in Pakistan, covering all kinds of national and international transactions. It was recognized and appreciated by all sections of the society including industrial and banking professionals.
Dr. Qadri was elected as a Member of the National Assembly of his Lahore constituent in the October 2002 general elections. In November 2007 the PAT's General Coucil passed a resolution in which it decided not to participate in the 2008 elections. The stated reasons were that while the PAT believed in democracy and the electoral process, the system at the time was so corrupt and otherwise suspect that it had become the "antithesis of democracy." The call was made for support for the PAT's boycott of the election and demands for reforms in the electoral system.
According to the party manifesto released in 2002, the Pakistan Awami Tehrik wants to "put the international principles of freedom, stability, progress, and justice in the shape of a [functioning governmental] system." The PAT has seven key areas its plans to focus its efforts on: education, economy, poverty, health, justice, law and order, technology. Within these key areas, the PAT would:
- espouse a political philosophy whose components are liberty, equality, democracy, individuality, rule of law, social justice, public welfare, transparency, accountability, self-sufficiency, and guarantee for human rights and the decentralization of powers
- tread the democratic, welfare, and Islamic path of moderation, development, friendliness, and peace to a better, more understanding society
- reject isolationism for national progress, public welfare, and collective good. Instead, trust would be placed in regional cooperation, global interaction, social market economy, and participative international democracy with the goal of joining the bandwagon of progress
- create a transparent, conducive, and secure atmosphere for trade, profit-making, and investment
- improve on the condition of human rights and law and order in the country
- establish a society where necessary facilities and resources of life are made available including (but not limited to) a healthy environment, clean roads, good housing facilities, good education, and good food
- set up a monetary system which keeps the taxes within the endurable limit and evolves a mechanism without giving any space for fear, pressure and, corruption during the process of collection. It also ensures a visible return of this collection to society as well as its consumption for the progress of the country
- establish good governance, encourage the private sector, organize human resources, and spread education
- improve other social sectors like health, increase production, family planning, developmental planning of natural resources, environmental health, culture, encourage positive and healthy recreational activities, eradicate crime, and immediately dispense justice for wrongs done
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