Prime Minister Imran Khan, in a televised addressed on Monday morning, urged citizens to declare their assets by June 30.
Ahead of the federal budget for FY 2019-20 scheduled to be announced tomorrow, PM said in the message, “I am appealing to all of you to take part in the Asset Declaration Scheme that we have brought, because if we don’t pay taxes, we will not be able to raise our country up.”
PM asserted, “we will need to change ourselves if we want to become a great country.”
The premier reiterated that people had until June 30 declare their benami assets, benami bank accounts and money that was kept abroad, adding, “after June 30, you will not get this opportunity.”
“Remember our government today has that information which no government before had.”
PM said they had made agreements and were receiving information from abroad about properties and bank accounts of Pakistanis.
The premier said, “our agencies have information about who has benami accounts and benami properties, 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.”
PM urged citizens to take full advantage of the scheme.
“My Pakistanis, in the past ten years Pakistan’s debt went from Rs6,000 billion to Rs30,000 billion,” PM said, adding that the damage that this had caused to the country was that the annual tax collected was approximately Rs4,000 billion, half of which went towards repaying loans “they” had taken.
PM said, “this country cannot cover its expenses on the money that is left behind.”
“Pakistan is the country that unfortunately gives the least tax in the world but is among the few countries that give the most charity.”
As premier urged citizens to avail the chance given to them by the scheme, he said, “Pakistan is the country that unfortunately gives the least tax in the world but is among the few countries that give the most charity.”