MIANWALI - Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chairman Imran Khan on Monday said that the politicians in Pakistan treat politics as business.

During his campaign for the second phase of local bodies elections on the second day in Mianwali, the PTI chairman said that the government rewarded a very small amount to farmers while spent billions of rupees on two metro projects. He 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 Kisan 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 come to power turn after turn have done nothing for the people of the country. He termed Kisan Package "economic murder" of the farmers.

Imran said that the PTI candidates are being booked under false allegations ahead of the LB polls. He said that no businessman should be allowed to enter politics, saying they (PML-N leaders) use politics to aid their own businesses. "Nawaz comes in power to expand his business."

Further, Imran said 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 GST on diesel which resulted in the upsurge of prices, causing severe difficulties for poor farmers. He said that his party laid down the foundation of politics of principles in the country, claiming before the PTI, there was a small fraction of politicians which kept changing their allegiance with several political parties to rule over the people.

The PTI leader appreciated district police officer (DPO) Mianwali, saying he is performing his duties in line with professionalism. He further advised policemen 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 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.