PM Imran calls on citizens to declare assets by June 30
Prime Minister Imran Khan in his important message called on citizens to declare their assets by June 30 ahead of the federal budget for the fiscal year 2019-20.
At the start of the address, PM Imran said, “My Pakistanis, in the past ten years Pakistan’s debt went from Rs 6,000 billion to Rs 30,000 billion.”
He further said that damage that had caused to the country was that of the annual tax collected, which he said was approximately Rs 4,000 billion, half; approximately Rs 2,000 billion went towards repaying loans “they” had taken.
PM Imran added, “This country cannot cover its expenses on the money that is left behind.”
“Pakistan is, unfortunately, the nation which gives the lowest tax in the globe, but one of the few nations with the highest charity.”
“This is the nation with [the] ability, and if enthusiasm goes in, we can at least collect Rs 10,000 billion,” said the Premier.
‘Asset Declaration Scheme’
“I am appealing to all of you to participate in the Asset Declaration Scheme that we have brought because if we don’t pay taxes, we won’t be able to lift our nation up,” the premier said.
“We will need to change ourselves if we want to become a great country,” Prime Minister Imran said.
“Remember our government today has that information which no government before had.”
He added that they had made agreements and were receiving information from abroad about properties and bank accounts of Pakistanis.
“Our agencies have information about who has benami accounts and benami properties,” the premier said.
“Take full advantage of this scheme,” he said.
PM added,”This was never available to us before therefore take advantage of this scheme. Give Pakistan the benefit. Fix your children’s future. [Give us] the chance that we get this country to stand on its own two feet and take people out of poverty.”
“Public can declare their benami assets and accounts by 30th June. After this time, the opportunity will be no more available”, Premier said.
The government plans to introduce an austerity-oriented budget that provides “slight” relief to middle and low-level public staff, including military staff, without any rise in the wages of higher-level military officials.
This was said by Special Assistant to the Prime Minister (SAPM) on Information Dr. Firdous Ashiq Awan at a joint news conference with SAPM on Accountability Shahzad Akbar on Sunday.