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The PTI government is successfully robbing the pockets of the people by raising taxes – says Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari

KARACHI/ISLAMABAD. June 15, 2021: Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari rejected IMF’s demand to impose income tax worth Rs 150 billion on the salaried class. Declaring PTI as the most corrupt government in the country’s history, Chairman PPP said that the ruling government is successfully robbing the pockets of the people by raising taxes. He also said that Budget 2021 is a document in which amnesty has been given to certain investors by taking money from people’s pockets.

In a statement issued from the Media Cell Bilawal House, the Chairman Pakistan Peoples Party Bilawal Bhutto Zardari called out Imran Khan’s plot to break the economic backbone of the common citizens. “The incumbent government is ready to impose a 10% tax on pension and provident funds,” stated Chairman Bilawal. “The PTI government is even levying taxes on travel allowances of people associated with the newspaper industry.”

Add the rising inflation and poverty rate with these taxes, and the people will be left with is a country at the brink of disaster. Chairman Bilawal said, “Due to Imran Khan’s anti-people measures, hotel employees will no longer get a tax-free meal while on duty.” He continued, “With the new budget, the puppet Prime Minister has also attacked employees of educational institutions who will no longer be able to provide free education to their children,” Chairman PPP lamented.

Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari also said that after the end of tax exemption, the hospitals would no longer be able to provide free or discounted treatment to their employees. He also declared the efforts to abolish medical allowances of the salaried class as an anti-people measure.

“While chanting the slogans of the state of Madinah, Imran Khan has established an empire inspired by the tyrant kings of the past,” Chairman PPP stated. “They are squeezing the blood of the people with unbearable taxes and creating luxuries for the elite.”

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PPP chairman Bilawal participated in Sindh parliamentary party meeting

Islamabad, 14 June 2021: Islamabad: Chairman Pakistan Peoples Party, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari participated in the meeting of PPP Sindh Parliamentary Party through video link.

He was briefed by PPP Sindh Parliamentary Party on the situation in the province. Sindh is being deprived of its rightful share in NFC and development budget. The census in Sindh has been shown to be low due to which resources are also getting less. The opening of Taunsa-Panjnad Link Canal has deliberately created the biggest water shortage in the 60-year history of Sindh. Sindh considers IRSA’s injustice as an economic attack on Sindh.

Chairman PPP was also apprised of Sindh’s right to employment which is being targeted and an organized attack is being carried out. Attempts are being made to plunder Sindh’s resources and use the money for PTI’s political campaign. PPP will not accept economic assassination attempts and economic attacks on Sindh.

PPP Sindh Parliamentary Party meeting was also attended by Faryal Talpur, Central President of Women’s wing through video link. The meeting of PPP Sindh Parliamentary Party was chaired by Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah and attended by all PPP ministers, assembly members, advisors and special assistants including Syed Qaim Ali Shah and Nisar Khorro.

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Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari’s media talk at the Parliament

Islamabad, 14 June 2021: Chairman Pakistan Peoples Party, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari responding to the questions of the journalists in the Parliament House said that the experience of running the government from the container has failed. Today, the Opposition leader was not allowed to tell the nation the realities of the economic situation. The government did not show the figures of inflation and unemployment in the economic survey of Pakistan so that it can hide its failure. Every citizen is suffering due to inflation by the Imran Khan’s government and knows the failure of the government. This is the real face of Imran Khan’s “change”. The government cannot hoodwink the people despite its childish behaviour.

Chairman Bilawal said that the Speaker and deputy Speaker are not playing their role and PPP offers all members to the opposition leader in the no-confidence motion against them.

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PPP demands free and fair elections in Azad Kashmir

Islamabad, 14 June 2021: Secretary General Pakistan Peoples Party, Syed Nayyer Hussain Bukhari has denuded free and fair elections in Azad Jammu and Kashmir.

Addressing a press conference with the PPP leaders of AJK at Media Office Islamabad on Monday, Nayyer Bukhari said that the role of the Kashmir Election Commission is in question as many refugee voters have been removed from the electoral list. The PML-N prime minister of AJK is also using the administration in the election campaign of his party. He said that he wants to tell the Election Commission that they are committed to holding free and fair elections.

He said that the PTI government is using Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa resources for votes and the ECP should take notice of this. He said that the election schedule is released first and the voter lists came later. Pressure is being used to vote for the PTI candidates. We want to demand of the Election Commission to play its role under its constitution. There are moves to rig the elections. The Election Commission should ensure fair and transparent elections.

Bukhari said that PPP’s voters’ names have been struck off the voters’ list. Refugee voters are pressurized to vote for the PTI. Azad Kashmir Prime Minister is trying to rig the elections by using administration. Development funds and employment are being distributed in AJK. Constitution does not allow a refugee to contest on seats for refugees. According to the constitution, free and fair elections are the responsibility of the Azad Kashmir Election Commission. If there are no clean and transparent elections, Pakistan’s position on Kashmir will be weakened. In Occupied Kashmir, we blame Modi for holding unfair elections.

Sardar Salim of the PPP Azad Kashmir said that the PPP has fought for free and transparent elections in Pakistan and Azad Kashmir. Unfortunately, transparent elections were not seen in Pakistan, Azad Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan. Election frauds weaken democracy. He said that democracy is the name of public opinion, not Imran Khan. Transparent elections in Gilgit-Baltistan and Azad Kashmir will strengthen the struggle of the people of Jammu and Kashmir.

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Chairman Bilawal will lead the election campaign in Kashmir

Islamabad, 13 June 2021: Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) central leader and National Assembly member Ms. Faryal Talpur has said that PPP will form a government in Azad Jammu and Kashmir with a historic victory. For this, it is necessary that the activists of Shaheed Quaid-e-Awam Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto start the election campaign with enthusiasm. PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari will soon visit Azad Jammu and Kashmir and will lead the election campaign himself. On Sunday at Zardari House, LA-34 Jammu 1 Sardar Zahid Iqbal Advocate along with his colleagues left PTI and joined PPP while Ishtiaq Ahmad Bukhari also joined PPP on this occasion.

A delegation of 40 workers including Sardar Zahid Iqbal Advocate and Ishtiaq Ahmad Bukhari called on Ms. Faryal Talpur. The delegation was comprised of Sardar Zafar Iqbal, Raja Saad Mehmood Bhatti, Malik Muhammad Saleem, Haji Muhammad Ayub, Chaudhry Muhammad Rafiq, Abdul Majeed Bhatti, Sardar Yahya Khan, Chaudhry Afzal Jutt, Sardar Ishtiaq, Chaudhry Khan Muhammad, Chaudhry Muhammad Sakhi, Chaudhry Mumtaz, Sardar Farooq, Chaudhry Saleem Jutt, Chaudhry Raheel Jutt, Sardar Muhammad Azeem Khan, Rana Muhammad Shafiq, Mahmudul Hassan, Chaudhry Pervez, Sardar Abrar, Zaheer Abbas, Nadeem Akhtar, Chaudhry Hameed, Muhammad Mukhtar, Zaheer Abbas, Waheed Inqalabi, Fakhr Zaman Gulpara, Asif Mitra, Azhar Gilani, Javed Behdanvi, Chaudhry Ashraf Shahid, Shaheen Dar, Shaukat Ali Mir, Sahibzada Zulfiqar Ali, Waqar Ahmed and Nisar Ahmed.

PPP Secretary General Syed Nayyar Hussain Bukhari, PPP Azad Kashmir General Secretary Faisal Mumtaz Rathore and Sardar Ayub were also present on the occasion. Addressing the delegation, Ms. Talpur said that PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari is the only political leader who is raising his voice for a referendum on the demands of Kashmiris. She said that just as Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto and President Asif Ali Zardari did not disappoint the Kashmiris, Chairman Bilawal Bhutto would also not disappoint the Kashmiris.

Ms. Faryal Talpur said that time has proved that Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari’s stance on Modi was realistic. The Kashmir issue will be resolved. Imran Khan should apologize to the nation for his statement. Ms. Faryal Talpur said that the freedom of the people of Occupied Kashmir is their basic and democratic right. India cannot maintain its aggressive occupation of occupied Kashmir for long. Ms. Faryal Talpur said that like Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto and Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto, President Asif Ali Zardari also had a clear position on Kashmir.

She said that Kashmir cause has been the main pillar of Pakistan’s foreign policy of the PPP government. It is unfortunate that the parties in power for the last eight years have not given importance to Kashmir cause. No one made a foreign minister; someone made a foreign minister who was sitting in Multan or Islamabad during Modi’s aggression on Kashmir, even though the president, prime minister and foreign minister used to make stormy tours around the world and all over the country. Ms. Faryal Talpur urged the party workers to go to the streets and to their neighborhoods to inform about the performance of the PPP governments and the performance of the governments of other parties.

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Press conference of PPP leaders

Islamabad, 13 June 2021: The Finance Secretary Pakistan Peoples Party, Saleem Mandviwala addressed a press conference in Islamabad on Sunday with Haider Zaman Qureshi and Faisal Rathore.

Mandviwala said that the budget was copied and pasted for three years. The budget was not presented by the cabinet. New taxes of Rs 727 billion are being levied in this budget. The finance minister wreaked havoc by imposing indirect taxes. Tax was imposed on the goods bought via online. The government also taxed what was not taxed before. Imposition of 17% sales tax on crude oil, which means the price of oil will also increase further. Gas and petrol are becoming more expensive.

Every year, the PTI’s target has been the destruction of the tax collection system. A government that doesn’t know how to collect taxes can present budget. This budget was presented without cabinet approval. The government says no taxes have been levied but 27 billion indirect taxes have been imposed. There has been talk of increasing the petroleum levy. Soon the petrol will increase 20 rupees per litre and it will directly affect the poor. LNG is also going to be 17% more expensive.

Gas prices are also rising. The price of sugar has already reached one hundred rupees per kilogram. GST of Rs 7 has been imposed on the price of sugar. The government should not impose taxes on online shopping items that were not taxed during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The IMF board meeting removed Pakistan from its agenda. The finance minister has admitted that the IMF agreement was wrong. There are 4 points left to get out of the gray list which the government is not able to meet. He said that no NFC award has been announced for seven years. Hopefully Shaukat Tareen will look into the NFC issue.

The government has imposed a 17% tax on crude oil. The government has also imposed a tax on LNG after reviewing the tax levied. Prices of petroleum products are likely to rise. There is no relief for the common man in the budget. The country’s exports have not increased in seven years. If the PPP government comes, we will increase exports.

Negotiations with the IMF will improve if Shaukat Tareen holds them anew. The SBP governors are the people of the IMF. IMF people are negotiating with the IMF. The seven men of the IMF have also spoken. Neither the government nor the SBP answered my questions, Mandviwala said. Mobile phone manufacturing should start and mobile phone imports should be banned.

Haider Zaman Qureshi said that the government has set aside Rs 12 billion for agriculture. Fertilizer prices are higher while in neighboring countries are lower. Agriculture has made tube-well units more expensive. The government should give discounted packages on agriculture. The government has subsidized electronic vehicles. Allow them to import spare parts.

Faisal Rathore said that Azad Kashmir elections were announced to be held on July 25. Voter lists were posted on June 10. The names of our voters were also removed from the voter lists. In one seat, the names of 5,000 voters were cut to 2,300 by using new software. Since The PP is in a position to form a government in Azad Kashmir, the government is conspiring to steal it.

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Budget 2021 is unconstitutional

Islamabad, 12 June 2021: Former Prime Minister and Leader of the Opposition in the Senate, Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani has said that according to the constitution, the budget cannot be presented till the distribution of the NFC award. The budget 2021 has no constitutional status because it was presented without the NFC award. He said that through the 18th amendment in the constitution, the budget was made conditional on the distribution of NFC awards.Gilani said that the opposition parties will not let this budget pass in the Senate.

Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani said that the opposition staged a walk-out in the Senate yesterday protesting against the unconstitutional presentation of the budget without the approval of the NFC award. He said that PPP would not allow any act against the constitution.

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Chairman Bilawal says next Prime Minister will be a Jiyala

Islamabad/Peshawar, 12 June 2021: Chairman Pakistan Peoples Party, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has said that the PPP is a galaxy of political stars which has struggled with Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto, President Asif Ali Zardari and now with me for democracy and rule of law in this country. In this regard I have come to see Rahim Dad Khan who has been a comrade in this struggle.

Chairman Bilawal said that in this government inflation is at the highest and historical level and is more than even Afghanistan. Under this government the employment is also at the historic level and the poverty is more than ever before. This is the real face of Imran Khan’s “change”. He said that Imran Khan and his ministers are so embarrassed by this poverty and unemployment that they have excluded them from the economic survey of Pakistan. The worst news is that the most increase in poverty has been in KP. We are aware that with the arrival of Imran Khan, previously employed people are now unemployed and hiding the figures will not solve the issue. Only the PPP can give a manifesto meant for the common people, and its policy has always been pro-people. The PPP government during its tenure made a 120% increase in the salaries of government employees, a 150% increase in pensions and a 175% increase in the salaries of the soldiers. As opposed to this, the current incompetent government has only made a 10% increase in salaries. This government should increase salaries in proportion to the increase in inflation caused by it in the country.

The Sindh government is going to keep Rs. 25000 as the minimum wage. If this initiative can be taken by us, then the other provinces and the federal government can follow suit since they have more resources than us. The nation is facing a crisis due to the incompetent rulers. If the rulers want the budget to be passed, then they should increase the salaries as much as they have increased price hike.

The federal government is making efforts to rig the elections in Kashmir. The election commissioner of Azad Kashmir, conspiring with the AJK prime minister has tried to tamper with the electoral list. They think that by creating fake NAB cases and arresting PPP supporters, they can seal our tongue, however, it amounts to nothing as it has not been successful in the past and neither will be in the future. PPP workers have faced terrorists and military dictators, and will also chase the current rulers away. Khursheed Shah’s son Farrukh Shah has also been arrested as a means of threatening my party, he said.

They should keep in mind that when I come to power, I will rightfully arrest their sons and elders too and will show what real accountability is, that does not harm the common people. We will work for the economic prosperity of the people. Whatever rights KP has today are because of PPP, the KP did not get its share in Hydal profit. He said that the federal government is collecting tobacco tax which is the right of the people of KP and should be spent in KP.

Responding to the questions by the journalists, he said that the PPP is aware that in the 1985 elections, apolitical entities came to power and destroyed Pakistan. This is why, I was telling the “new revolutionary” not to leave the field open for Imran Khan. If we had accepted their demands then today Imran Khan would have a super majority in the Senate. If we had not contested in the elections in Noushera there would be no MNA from the area from PML-N and there would be no MNA of PPP from Karachi. We refuse to learn from others how antidemocratic forces should be fought with and won against. Only PPP knows how to fight democratically. Everyone knows that the PPP will form the next government and the next prime minister will be a jiyala.

Responding to a question about PDM, Chairman Bilawal said that without PPP and ANP the PDM is neither an all Pakistan movement nor a democratic one. He said that the entire opposition is on one page in the parliament. He said that a grave injustice was done to the people of FATA and the promises made to them were not fulfilled. There is a protest taking place there and Farhatullah Babar represented PPP there. We will not leave the tribal areas at the mercy of this government. The 2018 elections were rigged and notice should be taken of who interferes in the elections. The election in Karachi validated our stance on the 2018 elections being rigged. He said that the government and its ministers should not involve the judiciary in politics and the Supreme Court should have taken action against the president and the prime minister along with those who filed a fake and fabricated reference against Qazi Faez Isa. There should be action against those who were spying on a justice of the Supreme Court.

Regarding rejoining the PDM, he said that the PPP never requested to rejoin the PDM and does not wish to do so. They were obsessed with the resignations so if they want to tender them, they can still do so. Now, they are towing on the PPP stance and policy, so they should join the PPP.

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PPP AJK launched election campaign

Islamabad, 28 May 2021: President Pakistan Peoples Party Azad Kashmir, Chaudhry Latif Akbar has said that the next election campaign of the party in AJK is being launched with the narrative of the Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari. The people of Azad Kashmir understand that Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari is an effective voice of Kashmiris.

In a statement, the PPP Azad Kashmir president said that the Kashmiri people know that only the PPP has raised its voice for the independence of occupied Kashmir.

Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto paved the way for the liberation of the people of occupied Kashmir. The government led by President Asif Ali Zardari had made the Kashmir issue a top priority at the international level, but after the PPP government came to an end, the Kashmir issue was put on hold. Chaudhry Latif Akbar said that independence of occupied Kashmir is in the manifesto of the PPP. He reminded that when Modi invaded Kashmir and made it part of India, Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari reached Muzaffarabad to express solidarity with Kashmiris and celebrated Eid with them.

How can one forget that when Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari reached Muzaffarabad in solidarity with the Kashmiris, at the same time his aunt, Ms. Faryal Talpur was arrested from a hospital in Islamabad at midnight where she was being treated thus harming the Kashmir cause. He said that if Asif Ali Zardari had been the President or Bilawal Bhutto Zardari the Prime Minister, Modi would have got a befitting response. Chaudhry Latif Akbar said that timely elections are the right of the people of Azad Kashmir.

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PPP south Punjab condemns federal government for water shortage in Sindh

Islamabad, 28 May 2021: Former Governor Punjab and President Pakistan Peoples Party South Punjab, Makhdoom Ahmad Mahmood has expressed concerns over the blocking of Sindh water by the federal government and said that the PTI government has illegally opened Taunsa-Panjnad link canal which has created a water crisis in Sindh.

In a statement, Makhdoom Ahmad Mahmood said that the federal government has failed to distribute water fairly in the country. By blocking the share of water of Sindh, the federal government has meted out brutality against Sindh.

He said that after the reduction in water supply by the federal government, there was severe shortage of water in Karachi, Thatta, Badin, Sajawal and Thar. Shutting down Sindh water at the time of sowing crops would also be disastrous for rice cultivation and the cotton crop. He said that all Pakistan including Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Punjab, Sindh and Balochistan have the right to get water under the agreed formula. He said that due to mismanagement of the government, there was a shortage of water in the dams.