Addressing a huge rally against price hike and economic policies of the government, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan on Sunday unveiled an 8-point agenda to check inflation and help stabilise economy.
His proposed 8-point include: (1) cutting present 17 percent General Sales Tax (GST) to a minimum level; (2) Taxing of three million rich people to generate at least Rs 300 billion revenue; (3) elimination of theft and line losses of electricity and gas; (4) curtailing non-development spending drastically; (5) Turning of governor houses into public parks, libraries or hotels to save money on their maintenance; (6) rich politicians should bring back their money and assets from abroad and invest in Pakistan; (7) crackdown on corrupt mafias; (8) slashing energy price.
Jamaat-i-Islami chief Syed Munawwar Hasan, and Awami Muslim League’s Sheikh Rashid Ahmad also addressed the rally organised by PTI here on The Mall, Lahore.
The PTI Chairman said that his party had launched ‘jihad’ against inflation and “slavery to America” as price hike was going to rise in the country in coming days.
PTI would hold a protest march in Rawalpindi on December 24 and in Sindh on January 6. Khan said that rampant corruption, very low collection of direct taxes, government’s over spending, excessive printing of currency notes, depreciation of Pak Rupee, transferring of wealth abroad by the powerful politicians, tax amnesty schemes for the rich and poor law and order situation were the main causes of rising inflation in the country.
He called upon Minister Nawaz Sharif to honour his promise to end drone strikes in the country. “Drone strikes kill militants, who then target common people,” he added.
He said there has been a positive change in governance in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa as 90 percent people are satisfied with the performance of the present PTI-led government. He added that there was no corruption allegation against any PTI minister in KP. The PTI leadership dismissed two ministers belonging to their coalition partners and did not compromise on corruption issues, he added.
He said the government should tax the rich instead of putting the burden on poor people by imposing high 17 percent GST on goods including fertilisers.
He reiterated his stance that PTI did not accept rigging in the May 11 general elections.
Addressing the rally, Jamaat-e-Islami chief Syed Munawar Hassan said that if the rulers elected through vote were out to suck the last drop of masses blood, the people would be compelled to seek avenues for change other than elections.
He said that in the past, people had been considering elections as the only path for a change but the present rulers had proved they had been wrong.
Hassan said that as long as the money laundering kings were the Finance Ministers of the country, the country could not be put on the path of progress.
He said that poverty and deprivation had become the fate of the masses for generations while a tiny elite was filling its coffers with unlawfully earned wealth.
The JI chief called for immediate end to the military operation in North Waziristan as it had pitted the army against the people, and said that the army action would sabotage the efforts for talks with the Taliban.
Reiterating that army operation had never helped solve the issues, he referred to the fall of Dhaka and said “it was better if we had learnt from our past mistakes.” He said the situation in Balochistan was also worsening due to army action. He said the PTI-JI government in KP had stopped Nato supplies and it could not be restored unless the drone attacks were stopped.
Authors: M Rarique Goraya & Safdar Rasheed
Source: Business Recorder