No RGST until consensus: Kaira


KARACHI – The government will not implement the RGST until the process of building confidence and reforms inside institutions is not complete, said Federal Information Minister Qamar Zaman Kaira on Sunday.
He said this while talking to the media on his visit to the Karachi Press Club (KPC). “The government wants to get the confidence of political parties and coalition partners before implementing the RGST,” said Kaira. He, however, said that the government has not withdrawn from the implementation of RGST.
“It is a wrong perception that the amount collected from the RGST will go to the IMF and the World Bank,” he said, adding that problems facing the country cannot be resolved without implementing new taxes. On a query about MQM and PPP relations, Kaira said there was a different of opinion between the parties but no black-mailing. “Keeping calm and tolerance is the weapon of our government. We have buried the politics of revenge in the name of accountability,” he added.
The minister said the murderers of Benazir Bhutto would be arrested shortly and important news regarding their arrest will be made soon. He claimed if the elected government of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto had not been toppled, the situation of the country would have been different. “Because of disrupting and derailing democracy, the government is facing so many challenges at a time country including corruption,” said Kaira.
He also congratulated the newly-elected office bearers and members of the governing body of KPC. On the occasion, the federal minister was presented with a traditional ajrak by KPC President Tahir Hassan Khan and Secretary Moosa Kaleem.