GUJRANWALA - Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan said that the government is imposing taxes on the masses only to benefit the rich, regretting that corrupt elements cannot control corruption.

"Why Sharif brothers are afraid of NAB's action in Punjab," the PTI supremo questioned, adding that wrong policies have added to the burden on the farmers.

Imran Khan was addressing a public meeting held in connection with by-election to NA-101 Alipur Chattha, Gujranwala here on Thursday.

Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed, Jahangir Tareen, Ch Hamid Nasir Chattha, PTI candidate for the by-election Ch Ahmed Chattha and other leaders also spoke on the occasion. He said that the rulers have little interest to provide facilities to the masses and imposing more and more taxes to "collect money for their luxuries." "We have the democratic right to ask the rulers about their income sources," he declared. He drew a comparison that the Indian government is offering huge subsidy to the farmers but the Pakistani has imposed 100% tax on diesel which caused great loss to the farmers and citizens alike.

Khan pointed out that the Pakistani economy could not be strengthened until prosperity of the farmers. He said that the PML-N can never win elections without rigging and malpractices, urging the people to come out of their homes and vote for the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf for a true change in the country. In his address, Sh Rasheed alleged that Federal Finance Minister Ishaq Dar has been involved in heavy money-laundering.

He claimed the government has failed to provide relief to the masses, saying that Imran Khan is the last hope for the nation. "We should be united to save the country from these corrupt rulers," he emphasised.

PTI leader Jahangir Tareen and Ch Hamid Nasir Chattha criticised the government and said that the poor policies of the rulers have made the situation worse from bad.