PPP-backed leaders, intelligentsia form think tank


LAHORE: Prominent political workers, who are or have been associated mainly with the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), and some retired bureaucrats, army officers, judges, educationists and traders have formed a think tank named National Institute of Political Education (NIPE).
PPP Federal Council member and former federal information minister Khalid Kharl made this announcement at a press conference at a local hotel on Friday. 
PPP leaders including former minister Mushtaq Awan, Munir Ahmad Khan and Tahir Khalique, Brig (r) Nawazish Ali, former additional inspector general of police Parvez Akbar Lodhi, former Lahore High Court judge Khalil Ahmad, traders Attique Ahmad Khan, Haider Ali Kharl and Tahir Bashir Khan, and educationist Zafarul Mohsin were present there.
Kharl said that the main objective behind the formation of NIPE was to keep reminding the state and its organs of the need to adhere to the social contract made with the people of Pakistan and that in order to achieve this purpose; the think tank would monitor functioning of all federal and provincial governments to press them for fulfillment of their electioneering slogans.
He said that the think tank members had observed that political parties were unable to fulfill their main duties, including educating the people and creating awareness among them.
“At NIPE, we would like political parties to educate their workers and elected representatives and apprise them of their roles and responsibilities,” he added.
“We are also working on a set of electoral reforms for the smooth conduct of elections in the country as more than half of our population have no belief in the present electoral system,” he added.
Highlighting the aims and objective of the NIPE, he said that the think tank was a non-profit public policy and political education institution formed to motivate the public opinion through independent research. He said that the tank would also produce regular publications from respected authors and experts to shape the public opinion by holding debates on issues of national importance besides working for developing a healthy relationship between all of the organs of the state.
Speaking on the occasion, Munir Ahmad Khan said that they would work only for a national cause under this banner and that they would not toe the line of any political party. He said that they would also work for formation of policies and recommendations that would be deemed best for the country.

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