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JI anti-corruption train march begins; Siraj vows to wiped out corruption

PESHAWAR, May 25 (DNA): Jamaat-e-Islami launched a march Wednesday in Peshawar, calling its supporters to raise their voice against corruption in the country.The train march began from Peshawar’s Cantonment Railway Station Wednesday and is scheduled to end on May 27 in Karachi.JI chief Siraj-ul-Haq is leading the march. He said corruption in the country is economic terrorism, terming it more damaging than extremism.

Addressing big gatherings at major railway stations on route to the Punjab capital, he said that the entire nation had risen against corruption and would not rest until the cancer of loot and plunder was wiped out. He said that all those whose names had appeared in the Panama leaks should voluntarily quit politics and their government posts.

Sirajul Haq warned that if an impartial and transparent enquiry into the Panama leaks was not held or the verdict of the judicial commission on this score was not implemented, a sea of the people would march to Islamabad and drive the rulers out of their lodges.

The Train March was given a rousing welcome at Nowshera, Attock, Hasan Abdal, Rawalpindi, Jhelum, Gujrat and Guranwala. JI central leaders, provincial chiefs besides local level leadership and large number of youth received the Train march.

Sirajul Haq said it was only because of corruption of the rulers that the masses were deprived of basic facilities of life, their children were without education and health facilities and millions could not get even clean drinking water.

He said that the homes of the poor were without water while heaps of currency notes were being recovered from the places and hideouts of bureaucrats, he remarked.

He said the workers and the farmers were not getting due return of their hard labour and the farmers were putting their crops on fire.

Sirajul Haq said that the JI leaders in Bangladesh were sacrificing their lives in love for this country while the rulers in Islamabad were amassing wealth.

He said that the existence and sovereignty of the country was at stake because of the cowardly rulers who had slavish mentality.

He said that the US had shattered the country’s sovereignty through drone attacks. “I would like to remind the rulers of the historic saying of Tipu Sultan, that a single day’s life of a lion was better than hundred years’ life of a jackal, he remarked. NNI


Finance Minister chairs meeting to review FBR budget proposals

ISLAMABAD, May 25 (NNI): Federal Minister for Finance, Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar here on Wednesday chaired a meeting to review the latest position of revenue collection and budget related proposals of the FBR.

Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Revenue, Haroon Akhtar Khan was also present.

Chairman FBR Nisar Mohammad Khan updated the meeting on the state of revenue collection. He said in line with the instructions given by the Finance Minister, all out efforts are being made to achieve the target of Rs. 3104 billion for the current fiscal year. He said the revenue collection so far is very encouraging and makes FBR confident that the target for FY 2015-16 would be met.

The meeting was given a briefing about the FBR proposals for the budget 2016-17. Chairman FBR on the occasion said that different stakeholders including chambers of commerce and industries, traders, businessmen, professionals, experts and think tanks have been thoroughly consulted before formulating the proposals. He said the exercise has been very fruitful in obtaining inputs for the budget 2016-17.

The Finance Minister said that FBR strategy for the current budget should be to facilitate the filers while taking strict measures against non-filers and tax evaders. He appreciated the hard work put in by FBR team for formulating budget proposals and interaction with stakeholders. He added that while finalizing the proposals the government’s drive for economic growth must be kept in mind.

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