No for­eign aid re­quired if cor­rup­tion stopped: Nawaz

The Pak Banker - - 2national -

FAISAL­ABAD: For­mer prime min­is­ter and chief of PML(N) Mian Muham­mad Nawaz Sharif said on Wed­nes­day that the coun­try was pass­ing through a crit­i­cal junc­ture as mul­ti­fac­eted crises have desta­bi­lized the na­tional econ­omy caus­ing poverty, un­em­ploy­ment and price hike in the coun­try.

Ad­dress­ing a pub­lic gath­er­ing at Kar­man Wali Havaili near Sam­mundri on Wed­nes­day, he said that cor­rupt el­e­ments have chocked the en­tire devel­op­ment process.

If the cor­rup­tion is elim­i­nated from govern­ment de­part­ments, the coun­try would be­come self-re­liant and no for­eign aid would be re­quired for sta­bi­liz­ing na­tional econ­omy, he added.

Crit­i­ciz­ing the RGST, he said that pro­posed tax was be­ing im­posed just to please for­eign masters which would be over­bur­den on peo­ple.

He said that peo­ple were al­ready fac­ing se­vere fi­nan­cial con­straints due to worst ever price hike pre­vail­ing in the coun­try while the im­po­si­tion of the new tax would fur­ther ag­gra­vate the sit­u­a­tion which would lead to­wards law­less­ness in the coun­try.

He said that PML-N would op­pose the new tax with full force in and out­side the con­sti­tu­tional in­sti­tu­tions and if the im­po­si­tion of new taxes was im­per­a­tive, cor­rup­tion should be elim­i­nated first of all.

He said that pub­lic prop­er­ties were be­ing looted with per­fect im­punity while on the other hand the cor­rupt el­e­ments are be­ing pro­tected and pro­vided high level pro­to­col.

He crit­i­cized cor­rup­tion in Hajj af­fairs and said that of­fi­cials of min­istry of re­li­gious af­fairs were nei­ther ar­rested nor any le­gal ac­tion was taken against them so far even though they con­fessed cor­rup­tion in hajj af­fairs.

He said that dic­ta­tors al­ways jeop­ar­dized the pace of na­tional progress and pros­per­ity by usurp­ing pow­ers.

"He will have been slain if Gen­eral Mushar­raf had got a chance," he said.

He claimed the credit of trans­form­ing Pak­istan into the first Is­lamic Atomic Power and now his party will pull the coun­try out of crises and put it on the way to progress and pros­per­ity.

He said that if his govern­ment had not been top­pled, Pak­istan would have been saved from fac­ing such a se­vere crises.

Ear­lier, Mian Nawaz Sharif was ac­corded a re­cep­tion and as brought to Kar­man Wali Havaili in a big rally from Sam­mundri By­pass. large num­ber of PML-N ac­tivists, work­ers and lead­ers in­clud­ing haudhry Sher Ali and Rao Kashif Ra­heem were also present on the oc­ca­sion. -App

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