Pakistan People’s Party govt should focus on eliminating corruption, says Nawaz Sharif

December 11th, 2010 - 6:23 pm ICT by ANI  

Nawaz Sharif Lahore, Dec 11(ANI): The Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) will not support the federal government on the issue of the Reformed General Sales Tax (RGST), party chief Nawaz Sharif has said.

Addressing a public gathering in Sheikhupura, Nawaz said the Pakistan People’s Party-led government should focus on eliminating corruption instead of increasing taxes, the Dawn reports.

He said the PML-N sided with the government on the National Finance Commission (NFC) Award and the 18th Amendment, but it will not support it on RGST.

The party will not allow the government to increase the burden on the masses, he added.

Nawaz said that a revolution was needed to combat the troubles faced by the people, and to fight unemployment, poverty and injustice.

It is noteworthy that the US Coordinator for Economic and Development Assistance to Pakistan, Robin Raphel, had said last month that the United States and donor agencies wanted Pakistan to honour its commitments on new tax measures.

“Pakistan now has an agreement with the IMF which calls for this reformed GST and since it is our position that countries, whether Pakistan or anybody else, should live up to their international agreements, we would like to see this legislation passed,” Raphel had said. (ANI)

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