PM appeals nation to change mindset regarding taxation

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Staff Report

Karachi

Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday appealed nation to change the mindset regarding taxation.

Addressing a press conference at the Governor House in Karachi the premier said “I appeal to everyone. It’s time to change our mindset. The segments of the society who don’t pay taxes [need to realise their importance]. Let’s contribute together.”

“We are 210 million people; our small contributions will make a big difference. The tax target [Rs5.5 trillion] is nothing — we can collect at least Rs8 trillion.”

“Everyone should pay taxes. [Currently,] only 1pc Pakistanis pay taxes and the country can’t run like this.”

“We are also trying to increase exports, and exports have increased — though not in terms of dollars. The exports of garments have increased by 30 per cent,” he said.

Earlier in the day while,  talking to various delegations representing agro-food, fisheries and pharma sectors, textile, leather and hosiery manufacturing sectors, the Federation of Pakistan Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Automotive Parts Association the Prime Minister assured them of the government’s all-out support.

The Prime Minister said that the basic aim of his visit to Karachi is to address the problems faced by the business community. For this purpose, his entire economic team is also accompanying him.

“Tehreek e Insaf govt inherited the worst version of Pakistani economy. But with sheer resolve, we’re determined to bring it back on track,” the official PTI Twitter account quoted the Prime Minister Imran as telling members of the delegation.

“We need to involve the business community in order to steer ourselves out from the economic debacle” the Prime Minister added. He said the business community should work as a partner with the government.

The Prime Minister said “our exports have seen a 30% increment. We are also trying to curb unnecessary imports”.

“It was estimated that we lose Rs10-12 billion due to money laundering. Unless we hold the corrupt accountable, this country cannot prosper” the premier added.

He, addressing the delegations, said “we need to punish the corrupt and the money launderers. The sham cries of toppling the govt are nothing but blackmailing tactics for an NRO”.

“The corrupt are trying to blackmail me since day 1. They tell me to let go of the corrupt from accountability and move on” PM Imran said. “I consider myself to be accountable to Allah and my nation’ he added.

The premier said “they gather in the name of protecting the Democracy. Truth be told, they themselves acted as fascists & not let the Assembly have peaceful and meaningful proceedings”.

“They all know their corruption and money laundering is exposed hence they are in haste to topple the govt. Fazlur Rehman even predicted he is going to jail soon too when he said Opposition will be united in jail” the premier was quoted as saying.

The delegation presented before the Prime Minister various proposals pertaining to reforms in tax system, enhancement in revenue,  checking inflation and smuggling, ease of doing business, promotion of investment and generation of job opportunities.

Governor Sindh Imran Ismail, Minister for Maritime Affairs Ali Zaidi, Minister for Water Resources Faisal Vawda, Minister for Revenue Hammad Azhar, Adviser on Commerce Razak Dawood and Adviser on Finance Dr Abdul Hafeez Sheikh, Adviser on Institutional Reforms Dr Ishrat Hussain, Chairman FBR Shabbar Zaidi, Chairman Board of Investment Syed Zubair Haider Gilani and Governor State Bank of Pakistan Reza Baqir were also present on the occasion.