Tax payment a national obligation

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Prime Minister Imran Khan said that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman had won the hearts of the peo­ple of Pakistan. According to a declara­tion released today, PM Imran Khan hoped that Riyadh would act upon all the decisions on time. He hailed Saudi Arabia for releasing Pakistani prison­ers and for increasing Hajj quota. Saudi State Minister for Foreign Affairs Adel al-Jubeir called on Prime Minister Imran Khan at his office in Islamabad on Thursday.

In the wake of Riyadh’s support to Pakistan, Prime Minister Imran Khan said that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman had won the hearts of the people of Pakistan. The statement said that Adel al-Jubeir’s current visit was the continuation of Saudi crown prince’s visit to Pakistan. Adel al-Jubeir conveyed a special mes­sage of King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman to the prime minister. Matters of mutual inter­ests, bilateral relations and Pakistan- India tension were also came under discussion.

Prime Minister Imran Khan said the federal government had cut down its expenditures and now the tax struc­ture was being reformed to stimulate the economy. Addressing a gathering of All Pakistan Chambers Presidents Conference here, PM Khan said people must pay taxes and consider it as their national obligation.

The improvement of tax structure is important for the Naya Pakistan, re­marked the prime minister. We cannot collect adequate taxes until reforms are introduced in the Federal Board of Revenue. If we fail in reforming Federal Board of Revenue (FBR), we will form a new revenue institution, the prime minister said.

It takes time to frame policies and rectify mistakes [of the past]”, he added, stating that it was alarming that Pakistan’s debt soared from $6 billion to $30 billion in the last ten years. It will take time, but the situa­tion will improve, he vowed. He cited that taxes were collected from the rich in Europe and spent on the poor. We need to implement the same system here.

PM Khan was of the view that improv­ing tax net was crucial as it was con­nected to the national security. If people won’t pay taxes, the nation will remain the slaves. I want the [people present here] to tell their peers that no society in the world can survive without pay­ing taxes; how can it be that in a nation comprising 210mn people, only 72,000 people declared salary of Rs. 200,000 per month? he questioned.

Imran Khan said he had spoken to Finance Minister Asad Umar, and his economic advisor Razzak Dawood regarding grievances of the business community. He said no power can disintegrate a nation when it stood united. I have complete confidence on the nation, he added. PM Khan said his aim was to rid the country of poverty. Constructing hospitals for the poor is also my utmost priority, he underlined.

He reiterated that his government wanted to transform Pakistan into an Islamic welfare state. The history suggests ideological nations could nei­ther be suppressed nor they could be forced to bow down.

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