Business community wants Shahbaz as energy minister


All Pakistan Anjuman-e-Tajiran Central General Secretary Naeem Mir on Friday said the business community wants Shahbaz Sharif as energy minister to resolve the energy crisis.
The former Punjab chief minister is very capable of resolving the energy crisis engineered by the former Pakistan People’s Party government, he said. Talking to Dr Murtaza Mughal, President of the Pakistan Economy Watch, Naeem Mir said that Pakistan braved massive mismanagement and corruption for years which triggered inflation, unemployment and economic meltdown. The former governments wasted billions of rupees of taxpayers’ money only to further deteriorate ailing power sector and public sector enterprises. Mir demanded imposition of power emergency and giving control of power distribution companies to provinces.
He said that tax amnesty schemes are counterproductive as budget deficit can only be bridged if big evaders are brought to book. Government should initiate legislation to forfeit assets of tax evaders and to bring stolen funds back from the Swiss banks, he demanded.