Multan-Jamaat-e-Islami Punjab Dr Syed Waseem Akhtar has demanded the government to bring back $ 400 billion deposited in Swiss banks by Pakistanis.

Talking to this scribe on phone, he added that only five per cent had held remaining 95 per cent nation hostage. Citing a report of International Centre for Public Policy which claimed that tax evasion worth Rs1,855 billion was being committed in Pakistan every year, he said that the report was a serious question mark on the performance of the rulers. He added that tax evasion at such a large scale could not be done without connivance of tax officials. He suggested to the government to review entire taxation system and clear it of all lacunas. He claimed that the tax evasion could be averted by bringing the GST to single digit.

He lashed out at the government and said that all monetary policies of the country were being formed on advise of IMF and World Bank. He maintained that the Nawaz government could not chalk out any visible financial agenda despite lapse of one year as a result of which poor masses could not get any relief. He pointed out that the rich were exempted from taxes and entire burden was put on poor people.  He demanded the government to take steps on war footings for elimination of problems like loadshedding of gas and electricity as well as price hike as promised during election campaign. He pointed out that the rulers were shifting their assets abroad which discouraged foreign investors. He said that the time had come to reject the system of landlords and capitalists and introduce Islamic finance system in the country.

drive against illegal hoardings, banners: In order to avert any untoward incident and beautify the city, the district administration has decided to eliminate all illegal hoardings and banners from the city. District Coordination officer Zahid Saleem Gondal told journalists on Monday that an order had been issued to remove all illegal hoardings. He said that illegal hoardings and billboards installed without safety certificates and approval of district administration had stained the beauty of the city. He warned that cases would be registered against those government officials who received bribe for giving permission for installation of illegal hoardings. He told the journalists that legislation against illegal hoardings had been done and no one would be allowed to install the signboard without NOC from engineering department.

It may not be out of place to mention here that the district administration has constituted a four member committee led by Additional Collector Ali Annan Qamar which will review applications for hoardings and give approval.

Answering a question on wheat procurement, he said that the operation was being accomplished on emergency basis on the order of Punjab Government. He claimed that Multan stood at the top among all districts of Punjab for achievement of wheat procurement target. Answering another question, he said that complaints against private schools regarding recovery of three month fee were received and the EDO education had been issued order for launching of action against them. He declared that a meeting with the owners of private schools would also be held.

Meanwhile, the district administration has declared that there is no danger of flood because of ongoing rains. The DCO said that all the departments had been put on red alert while Rescue 1122 and Civil Defence personnel held flood fighting drills. He said that the city was faced with severe sewerage problems because of poor policies adopted by the past administrations. He added that all district departments including WASA worked day and night for the disposal of water from streets and roads.  He revealed that the Chief Minister Punjab released funds worth billions which were being spent for upgradation of disposal stations and laying of new sewerage lines. He hoped that all the sewerage problems would end for good very soon.