Pakistan: Imran presented a 10-point roadmap to deal with the economic crisis; President-Prime Minister also determined
Pakistan’s ousted Prime Minister Imran Khan on Sunday addressed a massive rally here and presented his party’s ten-point roadmap for economic revival of the cash-strapped country. Addressing a public meeting at Minar-e-Pakistan, the PTI chief challenged the ruling party to come up with a plan to save the country from the crisis.
‘Will encourage Pakistanis living abroad to invest’
Khan said, I challenge that the present rulers do not have the ability or the intention (to save the country). He said, if the ruling establishment tells him that he has a plan, he will happily give up his post. “I know what the program is, there is no programme,” Dawn newspaper quoted him as saying. Khan, who heads the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party, announced a ten-point program and said that Pakistanis living abroad would be motivated to invest in the country, thereby avoiding repeated visits to the IMF. “We will facilitate all those who export and bring dollars into the country,” he said.
Out of 22 crore, only 25 lakh Pakistanis pay tax.
The PTI chief asserted that the country needs to take tough decisions to improve its tax collection and exports. That said, a major surgery is needed to get our house in order. Overseas Pakistanis will send their dollars to the country if they are encouraged. He further said that out of 22 crore Pakistanis, only 2.5 million people pay taxes. To achieve progress, there is a need to widen the tax base, he said. He also proposed to revive the loan scheme for youth to start businesses.
Addressed rally with bullet proof glass container
He said that his government would promote tourism. The mineral sector will be focused on generating revenue. The former prime minister said that after coming to power, his government would increase agricultural productivity in collaboration with China. He said that his government would take steps to prevent money laundering and also bring down the current account deficit. Khan addressed the rally from a bullet proof glass container. Pakistan’s broadcast media blacked out coverage of the event under pressure from the PML-N-led government.
Controversy between Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif and President Arif Alvi
At the same time, Pakistan Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif hit back at President Arif Alvi on Sunday and accused him of adopting a partisan attitude and following the dictates of his PTI party instead of remaining neutral as the head of the nation. In fact, Alvi had written a letter to Shehbaz Sharif on Friday in which he alleged that excessive force was used against politicians, political workers and journalists in the recent clashes with the PTI party. Sharif’s comment came two days after this.
Sharif accused of biased attitude
Alvi had also asked Sharif to instruct all officials to assist the Election Commission (ECP) to conduct Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa elections as per the orders of the Supreme Court. In a five-page reply to the President, Sharif said he was writing the letter to “set the government’s record straight” and to bring on record Alvi’s “partisan attitude”. He said that Alvi’s communication is like a press release of the opposition political party PTI, you openly support unilateral anti-government views, while you have taken the constitutional oath of office of the President. They said the President has violated his oath on several occasions, including ordering the dissolution of the National Assembly in April last year on the instructions of then Prime Minister Imran Khan.
‘Action of enforcement agencies as per law’
“Despite the foregoing and many other instances where you have actively worked towards undermining a constitutionally elected government, I have made all efforts to maintain a good working relationship with you,” he said. However, the content of your letter, its tone and language compel me to respond to it. Sharif said the action of the law enforcement agencies was in accordance with the law. “Regrettably and apparently owing to your party allegiance, you are indulging in gross violation of laws, disobeying court orders, attacking law enforcement agencies, damaging public property, attempts to create chaos,” the letter said. , civil and political unrest and have failed to bring the country to the brink of economic default and civil war.