Finance Minister Asad Umar on Wednesday said non-filers should be told that state is not as weak as it appears and has the 'strength' to retrieve money from them.

Addressing a session of the National Assembly, Umar said, “A campaign against non-filers was initiated a day earlier and 169 no-filers have been issued notices.”

Furthermore, the finance minister clarified, "Non-filers will be able to purchase motorcycles under 200CC while non-filers are being given relief if they are overseas Pakistanis or widows acquiring inheritance."

The finance minister further said, "The nation’s money should be spent on the nation and they should come back and take part."

"We will catch those non-filers who have stashed huge amounts in their  bank accounts," he added.

Criticizing the previous government, Umar said, "They are questioning us, who have been power for 40 days, why we cannot complete what they could not do in 40 years."

"Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) government had stopped the pensions of widows and Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) could not fly because the department was in so much debt," he added.

The finance minister further said, “The country’s circular debt increased by over Rs 400 billion and then they say that streams of milk and honey used to flow during their terms."

"The circular debt increased by RS 453 billion and today the debt stands at Rs 1,200 billion," he continued.

Umar said the gas department alone "is in a deficit of Rs 454 billion”. He further said, “Independent power producers (IPP) are telling us that they do not have the capacity to produce electricity. I wish that the ones who are questioning the state of Medina also questioned their own government.”

Moreover, Umar added, “Far-flung areas were being neglected while laying down transmission lines."

"People of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan suffered owing to prolonged power outages and it was said that it was load-shedding since they did not pay their electricity bills. Even though, the truth is that even if there is electricity, it cannot be provided to KP and Balochistan owing to a lack of transmission lines," he further added.