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mini-budget a death trap for people, says shahbaz sharif

The former Punjab chief minister urged coalition partners of the ruling PTI to stand up to the price-hike, heavy taxation and inflation, adding that it could paralyse Pakistan’s defence capability.

Opposition leader and PML-N President Shahbaz Sharif has said that the government intends to introduce a mini-budget to meet the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) requirements.

He said that mini-budget would prove a death knell for a nation already reeling from the effects of rising inflation and unemployment.

In a statement issued today, Opposition leader said that it would become impossible for the nation to live after the government introduces the mini-budget considering how petrol, gas and electricity will become even more expensive.

The former Punjab chief minister said an increase in taxes would further destroy the business community and shrink Pakistan’s economy. 

Tax exemptions on mobile phones, stationery, and packaged food items are being abolished in the coming mini-budget, while the amendment bill would allow the government to withdraw sales tax exemptions from zero ratings in addition to exports.

PML(N) leader said that the doomsday of inflation had arrived and that the only salvation for the masses would come in the form of the incumbent government going home. The PML-N leader said a mini-budget in line with the IMF’s recommendation would be a threat to Pakistan’s national security.

The former Punjab chief minister urged coalition partners of the ruling PTI to stand up to the price-hike, heavy taxation and inflation, adding that it could paralyse Pakistan’s defence capability.

He said coalition parties of the government should oppose the government’s move to introduce the mini-budget for the sake of Pakistan’s national interest.

Javed Mahmood
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