Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan said on Friday that his party will collect taxes fairly and eradicate corruption to establish a new Pakistan, whereas both Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) were responsible for massive corruption and tax evasion.
Addressing a function, ‘Role of Insaf Lawyers in PTI’s Intra-Party Elections’ which was organised by the Insaf Lawyers Forum, Khan said PTI was the only party in the history of Pakistan which was conducting intra-party elections before the general elections, which the PML-N and PPP could not do as they are dominated by one family.
He said that various people pointed out that “I criticised PML-N, whereas I requested PML-N to help PTI to get rid of all opportunists hiding in its ranks, while offering them lucrative incentives immediately.”
“The PML-N was making sincere efforts for PTI to make it an ideological party and I thank Nawaz for this,” Khan added.
Referring to NAB’s report on corruption, Khan said it was enough to gauge the performance and dedication of the ruling parties. “We would save Rs4,000 billion per year if corruption would be controlled as the total expenditure of the government was calculated at Rs3,300 billion per year.” Khan added that NAB pointed out the level of corruption stood at 65% in Punjab alone, where PML-N was ruling for the last five years.
Highlighting PTI’s intra-party elections, Khan said it would help bring clean, real and dedicated leadership in the party, adding that “I trust party members that they would not elect fake people in the elections.”
Published in The Express Tribune, December 15th, 2012.
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