If anyone believed that he would backstep consequent to the countrywide strikes by Pakistan’s business and trading fraternity, Khan said, they should that he would do no such thing. Addressing an event organised by the Gujranwala Chamber of Commerce & Industry (GCCI), he said he did not campaign about the religion to win over the people’s votes but that he had talked more about the state of Madina after winning the election and assuming office.
The premier said the important rules of the state of Madina included mercy, fairness and justice, and delivering the weak from oppression but that, at present, those who stole billions were getting airconditioned rooms in the jails. Everyone knew how those involved in small crimes were treated in jails, he added.
On the other hand, Khan said he did not have any property or business abroad, his life was devoted to Pakistan, and that he was not like others who took billions of rupees abroad. They had other interests, he stressed referring to some of the Opposition politicians, adding that their wealth grew when rupee experienced devaluation. All of their relatives who face cases in Pakistan were abroad, he added. The PM said the country would be unable to progress into the future if it remained in the same conditions as it was today.
“Some 300 companies pay 70 percent of the total tax while the service sector pays one percent only,” he said, adding that people assumed the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) was an institution where people’s money was stolen and, therefore, people did not trust it. “We are going to bring reforms in the FBR,” Khan added.