PM vows to make Pakistan an Islamic welfare state

PM vows to make Pakistan an Islamic welfare state

Prime Minister Imran Khan has sought business community's cooperation in translating his vision of an Islamic welfare state into reality.

Addressing the eleventh all Pakistan Chambers Presidents' Conference organized by Rawalpindi Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Islamabad today (Thursday), he said bringing improvements in the lifestyle of common man is government's priority. He said he wants to lift the poor people out of poverty and that is only possible when state is in a better financial position.

The Prime Minister said government will facilitate the business community by resolving all its problems. 

Imran Khan said steps are being taken to improve the conditions of institutions. The Prime Minister said reforms in FBR will help government collect more taxes to run the government affairs.  He said FBR will be turned into a professional and business friendly institution. He said if situation of tax collecting body does not improve, a new tax collection body can be set up.

Imran Khan said the culture of tax evasion will also need to be changed. If a nation does not pay taxes, it cannot enjoy freedoms. The Prime Minister said paying tax is a national obligation and a tax culture will be developed in the country to attain autarky and national honor. 

Imran Khan said government is facilitating the foreign and domestic investors alike by improving ease of doing business and a liberal visa regime to woo them to invest in many lucrative industries in the country.  He expressed optimism that investment will increase in the country in the coming months.

He said in order to narrow the current account deficit, steps are being taken to overcome money laundering.

The Prime Minister said a bill passed today will help the business community in tax refunds. Imran Khan said the fast moving wheel of business will create job opportunities for youth.