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Qadri spells out 10-point pro-poor reforms agenda

* PAT chief says his ‘inqilab’ will end poverty * Poor to get cheaper electricity


LAHORE: Leading his party’s “Inqilab March” to Islamabad, Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) chief Tahirul Qadri revealed a 10-point agenda which he claimed was aimed at bringing a “green revolution” in Pakistan.
“Our agenda will help release legal and constitutional rights of people confiscated by the rulers. This agenda will eliminate hunger, poverty, unemployment and ensure basic necessities of life, including shelter, food, jobs, education and medical faculties, at (people’s) doorsteps,” said Qadri. Addressing the media, the cleric assured that the PAT march would be peaceful. He said his struggle will end poverty, while electricity, gas and water would be provided on half price to all the poor people. He said a state insurance system would be developed to provide free education and health facilities to the low-income people. 
Speaking to a private TV channel, he said that the government had not given permission for his “Inqilab March” and added that his party’s workers conducted an overnight “reconnaissance” to discover a route leading out of Model Town. The PAT chief’s statement contradicts that of Punjab Governor Chaudnry Muhammad Sarwar who told a private new channel that both the PTI and PAT had been given permission by the government to take their marches to Zero Point in Islamabad.

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