LAHORE: PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari on Friday questioned the PTI government’s over the involvement in judges spying issue.
Talking to the media in Lahore, the PPP chairman said: “Are they [intelligence agencies] supposed to fight terrorism, or are they supposed to investigate the fallout from the current government’s economic policies?”
On Tuesday, Prime Minister Imran Khan had directed the Intelligence Bureau (IB), the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) and the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) to present monitoring reports on the crackdown against smuggling on a regular basis during a meeting in Islamabad.
In today’s press conference, Bilawal maintained: “There are people in the country who are not paying taxes, but that doesn’t mean that all of them are robbers, are involved in unscrupulous activities or are corrupt. You need to reform the tax system.
“But they [the government] decided to use the National Accountability Bureau (NAB), the FIA, and the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) to document the economy by force,” he said.
“The point of an economy is to invest in the people in order to promote economic activities. But this government is squeezing the life out of the economy.
“Whenever the PPP is in charge, the first thing we do is increase salaries and pensions to empower the lowest segment of society because this money eventually cycles back into the economy. All the policies of the PTI government, including the tax amnesty scheme, only benefit the rich,” he said.