Ameer, Jamaat e Islami, Pakistan, Senator Sirajul Haq, has said that different decisions of the government are adding to the problems of the people.
He was speaking at the mass-weddings ceremony of the JI welfare body, Al-Khidmat Foundation here in Peshawar.
Sirajul Haq said that several new taxes had been proposed in the review budget which included five per cent raise in the regulatory duty and Rs. 4 raise in the electricity tariff. He said the raise in the prices at this speed would soon make the life of the common miserable.
He said the PTI’s government top priority was to retrieve the plundered wealth from abroad. Besides, he said, the government had promised austerity to save money. However, he said, austerity seemed to be nowhere as the army of ministers proved the otherwise.
The JI chief advised the government not to become a tax collecting machine. He deplored that so far, the government had not initiated any action against the 436 persons named in the Panama leaks.
Sirajul Haq said that in the State of Madina, the rulers were always worried about the welfare of the citizens. He said that the past governments had been collecting taxes from the public and spending on their luxurious living and it the present government also seemed to be following the same path.
He said that the present economic system was based on exploitation and it had nothing to do with public welfare. He said there was need to collect taxes from the wealthy and spend on the wellbeing of the poor.
The JI chief congratulated the Al-khidmat Foundation for arranging mass weddings of fifty couples with limited means and he himself solemnized their Nikah.
Sirajul Haq said there was no shortage of resources in Pakistan but unfortunately, the country did not get an honest leadership so far. He said that huge foreign loans had been misappropriated as nobody knew where these had been spent.