MQM presents shadow bud­get


KARACHI— MQM leader Dr Fa­rooq Sat­tar on Wed­nes­day un­veiled his party’s shadow bud­get, call­ing for re­forms in tax­a­tion sys­tem. The shadow bud­get was pre­sented in Karachi for the first time af­ter four years. The last three bud­gets were un­veiled in the fed­eral cap­i­tal.

“Pri­or­ity must be given to lo­cal gov­ern­ments in the fed­eral bud­get,” he stressed, say­ing that state would be stronger when peo­ple were em­pow­ered. He said that women and mi­nori­ties should also be em­pow­ered eco­nom­i­cally through fed­eral bud­get.

Dr Sat­tar was of the view that en­ergy cri­sis was much more im­por­tant than Metro or Orange Line Train project. The multi­bil­lion ru­pee project is un­der con­struc­tion in La­hore. He lamented that even Viet­nam had more growth rate than Pak­istan.

To a ques­tion, he said that MQM was the only party which raised the is­sues of mid­dle class. “The Dec 16 car­nage took place due to ignoring the mid­dle class in the coun­try,” he said philo­soph­i­cally.

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Se­nior Vice Pres­i­dent PTI Shah Mah­mood Qureshi speak­ing dur­ing his visit to Karachi Bar at City Courts.—

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