Prime Minister Imran Khan has ruled out any possible talks with India, saying Narendra Modi’s right-wing Hindu nationalist government would cause tremendous damage to his own country more than any enemy.
“Time will tell that Modi’s government will cause more damage to the country than its enemy,” the prime minister said while interacting with digital media representatives in Islamabad on Sunday.
He was responding to questions regarding Pakistan’s foreign policy and a possible dialogue with the government in New Delhi. “No talks are possible with India until they restore the autonomous status of Jammu and India’s Illegally Occupied Kashmir [IIOJK], “He stressed.
Pakistan downgraded its relationship with India in August 2019 when the Modi-led government revoked IIOJK’s autonomous status apart from deploying tens of thousands of additional troops and placing the disputed valley under military siege.
The prime minister also said that the Modi government’s sole aim is to “spread chaos in Pakistan”.
According to the Foreign Office more than 300 innocent Kashmiris, including women and children, have been martyred in sham gatherings and carried out custody and security operations over the past year in the Himalayan region.
Prime Minister Imran said Pakistan had after a long period of time had a “very respectful” relationship with the United States. “We don’t have the relationship with the US like in the past when the US asked us to do more.”
In addition, the Prime Minister stressed that Pakistan enjoys good relations with other countries including Saudi Arabia, Iran and Afghanistan. “International relations is a dynamic process, not static. It keeps changing, “he said while answering a question whether New Delhi’s offer affected Islamabad’s relations with its allies, especially the Gulf states.
“We have no hostile relations with any country except India which is trying to destabilize Pakistan,” said the prime minister.
He is of the view that Pakistan’s main goal is to become financially sovereign to pursue its foreign policy goals without external influence.
‘Change is an ongoing exercise’
Prime Minister Imran Khan also said that bringing change is a continuous struggle that can make a person retire only at death.
He said the ‘change’ was not a switch that could be turned on at will.
The prime minister said that out of 220 million people entered Pakistan only 3,000 paid 70 percent tax.
“Half of our taxes [the government] collect go in debt for settlement of loans taken by the previous government, “repeated the PM.
“My life will be much easier if I give the opposition the National Reconciliation Law (NRO), but it will be a disaster for Pakistan,” he said.
PM Imran added that the country is at a turning point. “Our exports are growing, the construction industry is flourishing,” he said, adding that the service industry is still experiencing a worldwide crisis.
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“When you cut spending, you lowered demand,” he said.
On January 5 reported that income tax return (ITR) filings have increased significantly over the 2020 tax year, according to a statement issued by the Federal Revenue Council (FBR).
“Around 1,768 million taxpayers submitted their SPT before the deadline, namely December 8, 2020, while the income received by FBR reached Rs22 billion as of this date,” he said.
“The number of reporters has increased further to 2,316 million while tax collection increased to Rs43.6 billion through January 4, 2021, compared to 2.181 million reporting and collection of Rs28 billion during the same period the previous year, representing a 55% increase in tax collection in the current year. . “
It is important to mention that the number of tax returns filed after the deadline of 8 December 2020 reached 0.547 million and the total tax collection reached Rs22 billion.