Islamabad [Pakistan], June 26 (ANI): Lashing out at Shehbaz Sharif's government over super tax and amendments in the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) law, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan on Saturday said it was an "imported govt" which wants to turn Pakistan into a "banana republic."
He also announced that PTI will organize a power show in Islamabad's Parade Ground against Shebaz Sharif's govt moves from July 2, reported The Express Tribune.
The former prime minister said that the amendments in the anti-graft body's laws would drive the country towards destruction as Rs 1,100 billion of public money looted by the corrupt mafia has been pardoned through the amendments.
Addressing people through a live broadcast, Imran said that the current rulers wanted to silence people by spreading fear among them but urged the masses to "break the idol of fear" and come out against the imported government for the sake of the future of their children, as "thieves" were hell-bent on destroying everything.
The former PM announced to hold anti-government public gatherings in all the major cities with him addressing the main event at Islamabad's Parade Ground on July 2.
He said he had issued directives to all party workers to hold the rallies on Saturday night, reported The Express Tribune.
The PTI chief said that he would address the gathering at Parade Ground in the federal capital where residents of Rawalpindi and Islamabad would gather, urging PTI supporters to participate in the rallies in their respective cities for the "future of their generations".
The ex-PM said that the "cabal of crooks" was ill-prepared to improve the national economy, as they did not have any plan to control inflation because they only focused on getting National Reconciliation Ordinance, NRO-2 just like they had been awarded NRO-1 by the former military ruler Pervez Musharraf.
The former PM warned that making accountability law "weak and ineffectual" was a breach of the Constitution and underscored that the people of the country had the right to hold their elected representatives accountable for their fiduciary actions, reported The Express Tribune.
Imran said the PTI had challenged the amendments in the Supreme Court and expressed optimism that the judiciary would not let the "cruelty" happen to Pakistan.
He said the government officials annihilated the justice system of the country to protect their loot, adding that nobody could now question the assets of the corrupt people parked abroad.
He said that after the new amendments, the details of the assets in the name of other family members could not be questioned and that the law would become effective from 1999 which would exonerate many people part of the coalition government, reported The Express Tribune.
"The country would become a "banana republic" as Rs 1,100 billion of public looted money by the corrupt mafia has been pardoned through changes in NAB laws," Imran said.
The corrupt rulers have overturned the anti-graft law adopted globally in which people will need to inform the authorities regarding the transactions to their accounts, he added, saying the new NAB law would increase white-collar crimes.
"The petroleum levy is going to be imposed besides increasing the oil prices, as the rate of per liter petrol would be increased by up to Rs 50 in the name of petroleum levy, which would further burden the common man."
The PTI chairman warned that the imposition of the super tax would trigger a storm of inflation, as a financial burden on the industries would increase manufacturing costs, resultantly organizations would start sacking their employees and several firms would shut down.
Imran said the budget announced by the government was an "economic murder" of the common man, adding that steps like super tax would burden the industries. (ANI)