PTI rejects government's new amnesty scheme

Published: April 6, 2018
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PTI chairman Imran Khan. PHOTO: AFP

PTI chairman Imran Khan. PHOTO: AFP

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf on Friday rejected the government’s new amnesty scheme allowing Pakistanis to remit offshore wealth at only two per cent tax rate.

The party chief Imran Khan termed the amnesty scheme a brazen attempt by Prime Minister Abbasi to save criminals.

“Why would PM seek to do this just 45 days before government term ends? And why just two weeks before budget? This is a tax on honest people – a slap on the face of honest taxpayers,” Imran said in is tweet on Twitter.

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He further said that the questionable intent of the scheme was reflected in the confusion deliberately caused by PM Abbasi verbally referring to the scheme not being applicable to “politically exposed persons” while the document being circulated refers to “holders of public office and public servants”.

Imran alleged that if the circulating document was correct former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, former finance minister Ishaq Dar and former president Asif Ali Zardari will be off the hook and will be able to take advantage of this scheme to benefit tax evaders, asset concealers and money launderers.

Separately, addressing the media in Hyderabad Imran made it clear that the amnesty scheme was promoting corruption.

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While highlighting his visit to interior Sindh, he said, “People of Sindh have finally realised that the Pakistan Peoples Party slogan is a hoax and they will not let the party make a fool out of them.

“The whole chain of command in Sindh government is corrupt,” he stated adding that Sindh was lacking behind in every aspect.

He lambasted Zardari for destroying every institution in Sindh. “Everybody in power is just making money for their families,” Imran said.

Speaking about Kashmir, Imran expressed his anger over the treatment of civilians and blamed Narendra Modi for all the violence.

“Whatever is happening in Kashmir is because of Modi and his policy against Muslims,” he said. “This policy can be viewed in India and even Kashmir now.”

Imran slams PPP governance in Sindh

Speaking at a political gathering, Imran condemned the policies of Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari. “The people of Sindh must defeat this oppressive, blood-sucking regime led by Zardari,” he said.

Referring to Zardari’s sister and PPP leader Faryal Talpur, the former cricketer said the people of Sindh were afraid of her. “They threaten, murder and lodge fake cases against those who revolt against their bidding.”

Urging masses to rise against corruption, Imran remarked that the women will have to lead the change. He encouraged women to become members of PTI and work as polling agents in the upcoming elections to combat rigging. “Sometimes God provides you with an opportunity to change your destiny, I think Sindh is ready for revolution.”

 

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Reader Comments (2)

  • Haseeb Khan
    Apr 6, 2018 - 2:42PM

    But Imran Khan himself had benifited and took advantage of Tax Amnesty Scheme in 2000 to regularize his London Apartment—-just a reminderRecommend

  • M.Sethi
    Apr 7, 2018 - 1:14AM

    Didn’t Imran Khan avail the amnesty by declaring his London flat, during Musharraf era? How could that be right if this is wrong?Recommend

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