Former president and Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari on Thursday (June 20) while speaking on the floor of the House, criticized the budget presented by the government and said that the budget raised government salaries but it had also increased taxes. “
While talking about ongoing accountability process in the country, he said that it is time to stop the accountability and arrests and move forward. He argued that accountability has sparead a panic among businessmen which could to led to deterioration of the economy. “There is fear among the businessmen. If you have more than Rs500,000 in your cheque book, then you receive a notice to give an explanation for it. There is no doubt that this budget was not made by them.”
“If we are receiving money from the IMF, why are the people crying? Why are the industries crying?” Zardari questioned. “It is time to stop the accountability and arrests and move forward.” “My arrest will not make a difference. It will only strengthen the party. However, it will create fear among the common man that if Zardari can be arrested then they can also be arrested,” he added.
The former president added, the government should avoid taking steps that could trigger countrywide protests and create a situation that would no longer be in control of the political parties. “They should think about this and the forces that brought them into power should also think about the consequences,” he added.
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17 November, 2019