Pakistani politicians treat politics like it’s a business: Imran Khan

  • Says Kissan package will benefit only a small section of farmers

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan on Monday said politicians treat politics like business in Pakistan.

Khan continued his campaign for the local body (LB) elections on the second day in Mianwali. PTI chairman said that the government rewarded a very small amount to farmers, but spent billions on two metro projects.

While addressing a rally in Kamar Mushani, Khan said that the government has doubled the general sales tax (GST) on diesel. The tax on diesel earlier was at least 25 per cent while it stands at 50 per cent now, he added.

He criticised the Kissan package and said that had the funds for metro buses spent on farmers, they would have progressed.

The PTI chairman later went to Kot Chandana to address a gathering. He said that the parties which are used to coming into power over and over again have done nothing for the people of the country. He termed Kissan package an “economic murder” of the farmers.

The government had Earlier announced a massive package for farmers. On November 11, Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Sardar Raza had declared the package a violation of code of conduct as it came after the schedule for the polls was issued.

Khan said that PTI candidates are being booked under false allegations ahead of LB polls.

The PTI chief said that no businessman should be allowed to enter politics, saying they use politics to aid their own businesses. “Nawaz comes in power to expand his business.”

He said that 70 per cent of Pakistan consists of villages where farmers work the whole day but the government only aids a small section of farmers instead of supporting poor farmers.

The PTI leader said that the ruling party had imposed 50 per cent general sales tax (GST) on diesel which resulted in the upsurge of prices, causing severe difficulties for poor farmers.

Imran said his party laid down the foundation of politics of principles in the country, and said that before PTI there was a small fraction of politicians which kept changing their allegiance with several political parties to rule over people.

The PTI leader appreciated the Mianwali district police officer (DPO), and said that he is performing his duties in a professionalism manner. He further advised police officers and other government workers across the country to work with utmost sincerity.

“Police is being used to win elections in Sindh and Punjab but the same police in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa is depoliticised and is not being used for any personal or political gains,” he said. Later, the PTI chief urged the people of Mianwali to show courage and vote for his party against the nexus of Nawaz Sharif and Asif Zardari, which he said has led the Pakistan Steel Mills to the verge of bankruptcy.

He said that there is no difference between an animal and a human without justice. The former cricket captain said that one purpose of life should be to fight for justice. He said that during Musharraf’s era, Pakistan Steel Mills (PSM) was yielding profits.