Govt to impose flood tax on affluent class: President

President Asif Ali Zardari on Wednesday said that a one-time flood tax will have to be imposed on the well to do and people of means to help shore up the relief and rehabilitation efforts.

“Unless we are prepared to share bread with our grief and disaster stricken brethren, we should not expect others to help us,” the President said while speaking to a women round-table meeting of federal ministers, women parliamentarians and representatives of non-governmental organizations for the flood affected people at Aiwan-e-Sadr.

He said that he has already advised the government to tap indigenous resources wherever there is room for taping such resources, adding that it should be done in a transparent and above board manner.

The President said that the entire aid received and disbursed will be done in a very transparent manner and every citizen will have access to information relating to the aid received and distributed.