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I guarantee that no institution will bother the people: PM

June 24, 2019
 
I guarantee that no institution will bother the people: PM

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Prime Minister Imran Khan said on Monday that the country would definitely see good times, reassuring the masses that money collected from the taxes they pay will be spent on them.

Speaking on Geo News’ programme Pakistan Keliye Kar Daalo, PM Khan once again vowed not to undertake unnecessary [foreign] tours, adding that he was invited to the United Kingdom to witness the World Cup matches, but he did not go.

He said the country was passing through a difficult phase. “Half of our income goes to servicing of debts. We will have to change ourselves for development of the country,” he said.

The prime minister said the country was in its present state because of corruption.

“We reduced the PM House expenditures and salaries of cabinet members by 35 and 10 per cent respectively, while the armed forces have also reduced their expenses,” he said.

“People think that if they came into the tax net, they would be troubled. I guarantee that no institution would bother the people,” he claimed, adding that a helpline would be established to facilitate the masses. “As long as taxes are not collected, the country cannot function,” he said.

The premier said his government would introduce modern technology in the taxation system and that efforts were being made to bring reforms in the Federal Board of Revenue.

“If revenue is not increased, the debts will continue to go higher and higher,” the premier said, adding that he wanted the masses to benefit from the government’s asset declaration scheme. He again urged people to get their assets registered by June 30 as there would be no extension in the scheme after the deadline.

“The government has all information unlike the past. Legislation has been made with regard to money laundering and fictitious bank accounts across the world,” Khan said.

“People have bought properties in Dubai in the name of their servants; money is laundered abroad through ‘hundi’ and ‘hawala’, and brought back by means of remittances,” he continued.

Imran Khan said $10 billion were laundered out of Pakistan yearly and the country had had to acquire a $6 billion loan from the IMF.

The prime minister, however, made it clear that the asset declaration scheme was not meant for public office bearers.

 
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    Anonymous   June 25, 2019 1:40 am/ Reply

    Insha Allah Imran Khan succeeds. People need to pay taxes. All countries that do well pay taxes. I am also certain people of Pakistan want to help themselves.

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    Khurram (aka: Sagheer Jan   June 25, 2019 4:40 am/ Reply

    Pakistan has gone through immense corrupt leadership of no comparison !! New leadership will do their best to change it, but with great difficulties ahead..The majority of people of the country too, have become corrupt and greedy shameless ..” RAJA’S HAVE COMPLETELY RUINED THE MASSES AND AS THEIR CHARACTER’S..!! If the new Government can indeed find some honest patriotic people then it CAN happen slowly. We can only pray and wish you success Imran Mian.. Insha Allah keep a tight grip & vigil. My family was one of the makers of Pakistan..Liaqat Ali Khan..

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    KHURRAM (aka SAGHEER JAN)   June 25, 2019 4:48 am/ Reply

    BEST WAY TO COLLECT LOOTED & UNREPORTED MONIES IS TO “FREEZE” THE ACCOUNTS OF ALL THE CROOKS, THEIR COHORTS INCLUDING CORRUPT BUSINESS PEOPLE’S… PERIOD !! OUR CANADIAN TAX AGENCIES (CRA) DOES THAT HERE..

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