By Our Staff Correspondent
ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday again urged citizens to declare their assets under the government’s asset declaration scheme before the June 30 deadline. “We are stuck in a debt trap,” he said in a televised address to the nation. “Why are we here? Because of corruption and theft of taxes. To end tax theft, I need your help,” he said.
“I have initiated this scheme [under which] you can declare your assets until June 30.” “This scheme is a golden opportunity for you to declare money, dollars, jewellery, benami accounts and foreign assets that you possess,” he said. “Until the people do not resolve, along with the government, to extricate itself from these loans, they will not be able to get out if [the debt trap].”
It is not the first time the prime minister has asked citizens to take advantage of the scheme, which is set to expire in nine days. In his speech, PM Imran praised the generosity of Pakistanis when it comes to making charitable donations to institutions such as Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital and Research Centre, or for gathering funds to provide aid to flood and earthquake-hit areas in Pakistan. “The Federal Board of Revenue has all the data. If you go to the FBR website, you will find out what data we possess.
I don’t want difficulties for you [in the future], that’s why I want you to take advantage of [the scheme],” he said. He revealed that only one percent of the population pays taxes. “One percent Pakistanis are bearing the burden of 220 million people. This is impossible,” he said. “No country can serve its people if the citizens don’t pay taxes.”
Looters will have to face music
Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday said that those involved in looting and plundering will have to face the law and will be held accountable. Prime Minister Imran Khan said this during a meeting with a delegation of leaders from the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government’s allied Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) party.
The delegation was led by PML-Q leader Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain and also included Speaker PA Ch Pervaiz Elahi. During the meeting, the PML-Q leaders vowed to continue their unconditional support for the government. Senior PML-Q leader Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi assured his complete support and assistance to Prime Minister Imran Khan in getting the budget approved in both the national and the Punjab assemblies.
Another report adds: Prime Minister Imran Khan Friday directed to ensure availability of government rest houses in KP for general public within two weeks. The decision was taken at a meeting chaired by the PM for making all KP rest houses and other public buildings accessible to general public. The main buildings, to be opened for public, include Governor House Nathiagali, Chief Minister House, Speaker House and Inspector General House.
The meeting was attended by KP Governor Shah Farman, Chief Minister Mehmood Khan, Tourism Minister Atif Khan and other senior officials.