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PM vows ‘major surgical operation’ to remove flaws in economy

Says elements involved in harming economy will ‘face music’: Orders inquiry into ‘fraud’ track and trace system agreement

By News Desk

April 26, 2024 01:22 PM


PM vows ‘major surgical operation’ to remove flaws in economy

PM Shehbaz Sharif

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Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has declared that the government is pursuing the agenda of economic reforms and elements responsible for denting the national economy will be held accountable, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

Addressing the federal cabinet meeting at PM House in Islamabad on Friday, Shehbaz Sharif said those who were involved in the deep-rooted menace of corruption and criminal negligence for harming the economy would “face the music”.

Referring to the track and trace system agreement made in 2019, Shehbaz said this system was nothing but a cruel joke to the nation as no improvement was seen in the sectors of tobacco, cement, sugar and fertilizer. The agreement was totally a fraud as even no penalty clause was included in it, he added.

The prime minister said he had ordered to form an inquiry committee in this regard that will present its report within 72 hours.

Shehbaz, as regards the macroeconomic indicators, expressed satisfaction over the collective performance of both incumbent and the interim governments. He said according to a recently published report on Pakistan economy, many indicators including IT export, remittances, capital market were showing positive results due to the prudent policies of the government.

However, the premier maintained that lot of work needed to be done. The government will perform ‘major surgical operation’ to get rid of the deep-rooted flaws in the country’s economy, he added.

Shehbaz informed the cabinet members that he completed the power sector review in four phases in which important decisions were taken to minimize power theft and line losses, and to reduce prices of the electricity. Besides, he said the government had also decided in principle to divest the Distribution Companies (DISCOs).

The PM said the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) had old and obsolete systems which needed to be replaced to increase the tax to GDP ratio. He pointed out that the FBR had the potential to earn extra revenues worth hundreds of billions of rupees by implementing reforms in its system. “We have to take tough decision in larger interest of the country and we will fully monitor the implementation phase,” he remarked.

As regards, privatization of the state-owned entities (SOEs), the prime minister assured that the process would be done without delay and in a transparent manner.


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