Vision

Libertarian Party (LP) of Pakistan has a vision of a peaceful, pluralistic and wealthy Pakistani society, centered on the freedom of the individual citizen from the government interference.

Mission

Our Mission is to represent the libertarian voices of Pakistan, and to protect the lives, natural rights and the entrepreneurial freedom of every Pakistani through political education and through eliminating government interference in all fields of social and economic matters.

Introduction

TO LIBERTARIAN VALUES

Libertarianism is this noble idea that you as an individual own yourself and that you have rights to life, liberty and property. No law is just, if it violates your rights to life liberty and property. You are free to live your life as you may please, as long as your actions do not harm anyone else. No human being has a right to use aggression against another human being. You can't collectively or individually delegate to government, the rights you do not posses yourself. The society is organized only by mutual voluntary consent where adults makes voluntary choices, where no force or threat of violence and coercion is used in everyday life.

Libertarianism is the philosophy of freedom. Leonard Read said, “Freedom is the absence of man-concocted restraints against the release of creative energy.”  Perhaps it’s best to understand freedom as the absence of physical force or the threat of physical force. That is, a free person is not “subject to the arbitrary will of another” and is free to do as he chooses with his own person and property.

Freedom allows each of us to define the meaning of life, to define what’s important to us. Each of us should be free to think, to speak, to write, to paint, to create, to marry, to eat, drink and smoke, to start and run a business, to associate with others as we choose. When we are free, we can construct our lives as we see fit. Freedom is part of what’s needed to lead a full human life. Freedom leads to social harmony. We have less conflict when we have fewer specific commands and prohibitions about how we should live—in terms of class or caste, religion, dress, lifestyle, or schools. Economic freedom means that people are free to produce and to exchange with others. Freely negotiated and agreed-upon prices carry information throughout the economy about what people want and what can be done more efficiently. For an economic order to function, prices must be free to tell the truth. A free economy gives people incentives to invent, innovate, and produce more goods and services for the whole society. That means more satisfaction of more wants, more economic growth, and a higher standard of living for everyone.

 

For libertarians, the basic political issue is the relationship of the individual to the state. What rights do individuals have? What form of government (if any) will best protect those rights? What powers should government have? What demands may individuals make on one another through the mechanism of government? We try to discover the rules that govern the world, and rules that will enable us all to live together. The worst governments are tyrannical predators; the best embody attempts at providing the framework of rules we need to live together but only to protect the rights of an individual. Libertarians believe that anything government gives, first, it has to steel from someone else. In order to provide a social good, for example, public schools, government must corrosively tax its citizens. But because libertarians believe in voluntary interactions, taxation therefore becomes theft because government steels from its people under threat of violence. Had government collected money on voluntary basis, such system would have been rendered just and moral but that is never the case with government. This is why LP Paskistan has introduced a new form of government that maybe tried justly. Individuals, when utilize a good or service shall pay for it in competing open markets. Libertarians believe in free enterprises, free open markets and free competition. Libertarians do not believe in economic protectionism such as subsidies. Libertarians believe in open trade without tariffs such as custom and duty taxes. Libertarians do not believe in price control and allow markets to fluctuate prices. Libertarians believe that all goods and services shall be provided privately in open markets.

 

Libertarians, as the name implies, believe that the most important political value is liberty, not democracy. Many modern readers may wonder, what’s the difference? Aren’t liberty and democracy the same thing? They’re not. Much of the confusion stems from two different senses of the word “liberty,” a distinction notably explored by the nineteenth-century French libertarian Benjamin Constant in an essay titled “The Liberty of the Ancients Compared with That of the Moderns.” Constant noted that to the ancient Greek writers the idea of liberty meant the right to participate in public life, in making decisions for the entire community. Thus Athens was a free polity because all the citizens—that is, all the free, adult, Athenian men—could go to the public square and participate in the decision-making process. Socrates, indeed, was free because he could participate in the collective decision to execute him for his heretical opinions. The modern concept of liberty, however, emphasizes the right of individuals to live as they choose, to speak and worship freely, to own property, to engage in commerce, to be free from arbitrary arrest or detention—in Constant’s words, “to come and go without permission, and without having to account for their motives and undertakings.” A government based on the participation of the governed is a valuable safeguard for individual rights, but liberty itself is the right to make choices and to pursue projects of one’s own choosing.

PARTY PLATFORM

CONSTITUTION

BY LAWS

 
 

STATEMENT OF PRINCIPLES

We, the members of the Libertarian Party of Pakistan, support the following principles:

 

I. Each individual has the right to his or her own life and liberty, and the right to life is the source of all other rights. Property rights are essential to the maintenance of those rights.

II. In order that these rights be respected, it is essential that no individual or group has a right to initiate the use of force or fraud against any other individual or group.

III. All public goods and services, including but not limited to education, power, gas, oil, health, water, food, housing, police security, legal dispute resolution, transportation, pensions and other welfare programs, are provided privately in the free and open markets. All means of production are privately own. All property is private property.

IV. Taxation is theft. All contracts between people are voluntary, free of coercion and threat of violence.

V. The only proper functions of government whose powers must be constitutionally limited, are: 

  1. providing protection from foreign invaders.

  2. provide manage organization structure to facilitate domestic and international diplomatic affairs

  3. reduce to eliminate the size and intrusiveness of government and eliminate taxation.

VI. As a consequence of all the above, every individual — as long as he or she respects the rights of others — has the right to live as he or she alone sees fit, as a free trader in a free market. We believe that peaceful, honest people should be able to offer their goods and services to willing consumers without any interference from government. People should decide for themselves how to live their lives, without fear of criminal or civil penalties.

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