LAHORE - A think tank comprising politicians, retired army and police officers has been set up with the sole motive of imparting political education to the folks.

Former federal minister Khalid Ahmad Khan Kharal, a senior member of the think tank, and Munir Ahmad Khan, coordinator announced formation of National Institute of Political Education (NIPE) here at a local hotel.

Other members of the NIPE including Ex Addl IG Police , Parvez Akbar Lodhi, Brig (R) Nawazish Ali, Director, Ghani Glass, Khalil Ahmad, former Judge LHC, Attique Ahmad Khan and ex Adviser PIA, Tahir Khalique were also present on the occasion.

CEO Accord Textiles, Haider Ali Kharal, Director Libas Textile, Tahir Bashir Khan and ex-Senior Minister Malik Mushtaq Awan are the other members of the NIPE.

Khalid Ahmad Kharal told reporters that he seen the imposition of four Martial Laws as a government servant and later as a politician.

“If our democracy and the political system is functioning properly and providing basic facilities to the people of the country there would be no outside interference”, he observed, adding, that people of the country were bound by a social contract with the State which in turn commits to provide the people with basic rights and facilities.

“Our main aim in NIPE is to keep reminding the State and its organs of the need to adhere to that social contract. To this end, we would closely monitor the functioning of the Federal and Provincial Governments and would keep apprising them of their manifestos and promises made during the elections”, he added. 

He said that country men have observed in the past many years that the political parties were unable to fulfil their main duty towards the country by educating the people and creating political awareness among its ranks and files.

Politics continues to revolve around favouritism and cronyism and political parties were slowly digressing from their basic role of making public policies and implementing them, he said.

 “We at NIPE would like that the political parties educate their workers and law makers and apprise them of their roles and responsibilities. We would regularly interact with the political parties and help them in their institutional building”, he said.

Kharal went on to say: “We are working on a set of electoral reforms for the smooth process of elections in the country. We have seen that most of our past elections have been marred by accusations and counter accusations about rigging and wrong doings. More than half of our population does not believe in the present electoral system and does not go out and vote”.

Coordinator of NIPE, Munir Ahmad Khan said that it was a non-profit public policy and political education institution based in Lahore, Pakistan. “Our objective is to motivate public opinion, create and produce high-quality, independent research and, based on that research, to provide innovative, practical recommendations to the government and political parties.”

The NIPE, he said, will also produce regular publications from respected authors and experts to shape the public opinion and public debate on issues of national importance.

“We would make it a point to provide a voice for a new generation of thinkers and young leaders, giving them the opportunity to publish and debate side by side with established experts, and to have their policy ideas seen by senior officials”, he said, adding, that the institute would also work for developing a healthy relationship between all the organs of the State.

Munir Khan announced that NIPE would organise a seminar next week on “Responsible Journalism”.

Replying to a question, he said that NIPE had no agenda of any political party. “We will work for formation of the policies best for the country”, he said.