Published On: Mon, Dec 23rd, 2013
Published in Category: Lahore

PTI to unveil 9-point anti-inflation agenda soon: Imran

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LAHORE: Chairman Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Imran Khan has said that his party will very soon bring forth a 9-point agenda against inflation. He was addressing a protest rally of thousands of supporters against unrestrained inflation, which saw a huge participation here on Sunday.

PTI chief lashed out at the government, accusing it of begging from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and inflicting inflation upon the country. He divulged that in only six months, Rs500 billion in notes have been printed, which has affected the masses. Imran Khan further said that staging of rallies was a requirement for addressing the issue and that he would announce his agenda to tackle the menace of rising prices.

“I want to warn the masses to brace for further hike in prices as what they are coping with right now is just tip of the iceberg”, Khan mentioned. PTI chief also said that the anti-inflation “tsunami” will reach Karachi on January 6 and Rawalpindi on January 24.

He added that inflation is always high in countries whose affluent class doesn’t pay taxes, adding he urged PML-N led government to take action against mafias. Khan said that there would be no investment until peace was restored in the country. Imran Khan said that politicians who have businesses abroad should bring back their wealth, otherwise there will be no progress in this country, nor will there be any hope in tackling inflation.

PTI stalwart disclosed that elites safeguarding their wealth and getting tax breaks were the main reasons why inflation has wracked the country. Talking about drone attacks, he urged Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to honour his promise to end drone strikes in the country.

“Drone strikes kill militants, who then target common people, as a result, Pakistanis are killed on both sides,” he said. “We do not want war with the US. We only want to convince the superpower that drone attacks are not helping the situation. Washington will not be able to achieve the desired results with such attacks.

So far, they have proven to be counterproductive for both Pakistan and US”, Imran Khan added. PTI chief said that there was no allegation of corruption against any PTI’s minister in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

“I myself will take a strong action if any PTI’s minister was found involved in corruption.”
Khan mentioned that he took an unprecedented step of weakening his party’s coalition government, but did not budge on corruption issues. Awami Muslim League (AML) chief Sheikh Rasheed and Jamaat-e-Islami Ameer Munawar Hassan also addressed the rally.