PROMISE

Promote Arts, Sports and Culture

Imran Khan and his team from PTI (Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf) promised us:

We will provide state patronage to sports, arts and culture by providing the necessary resources alongside local and international exposure to athletes, artists and artisans.

Sports in Pakistan, except cricket, have faced systemic neglect from the Government. In the 2016 Summer Olympics, Pakistan had only 7 representatives, none of whom had originally qualified, and were given wildcard entries by the Rio Olympics. From a population of nearly 200 million, this means one athlete per 27 million people, an abysmal performance. Largely, this is a result of policies that do not adequately invest in sports and resources at the grassroots. Moreover, despite having a rich cultural heritage and artistic community, Pakistan at best holds a handful of art, film and literary festivals, none of which are through state patronage. In contrast to other countries that have successfully projected and promoted their arts and culture globally, we have not used this potential for Pakistan’s image-building in the international community.

We will establish vibrant community centres at the district level, where exhibitions, road shows, literary events and workshops can take place.
We will provide Playgrounds at Tehsil level, Training centres and gymnasiums at Divisional Level to be used for training provincial and national teams and Category A (National and International standard) sports complexes at the provincial level through a phased approach.
We will hold inter-district, inter-division, provincial and national games annually for young people.
We will partner with local and international private partners to hold Expos, Exhibitions, Literary Festivals, Art and Culture Shows and Events to boost Pakistan’s image internationally and provide enriching experiences for the citizens.
We will create scholarships and fellowships to promote Pakistan’s image in varsities across the world.
We will revitalise Pakistan’s National Council of Arts and create art and culture exchange partnerships with international Art Councils and bodies to provide international exposure to local artists.
We will launch a rigorous campaign of cultural diplomacy through the Foreign Office to promote Pakistan’s soft image.
You can read these promises in the complete manifesto document released by PTI available HERE in English and HERE in Urdu.
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