THE hardpressed Pakistani is likely to face a minibudget for the War on Terror, as the USA uses its dominance over the government not just to force participation in this unpopular war against the peoples will, but makes the Pakistani people pay for it. At the same time, Pakistan has been driven into an IMF programme, so that it can only keep its economy afloat by surrendering its sovereignty to the USA. However, it is being forced to pay the expenses of the war itself, and this has thrown the budget off balance so badly that, to meet the IMF diktat, it has not been possible to wait for the coming fiscal year, of 2010-11, but has become necessary to raise revenue at once if the war is to be fought. It is for that reason the war is being labelled Pakistans own war of existence, even though it is the USAs war. Till now, the USA had said it would pay for the war, but it has not been able to stay current with its payments to the Coalition Support Fund, which is supposed to be for logistic services rendered. The USA had not seen, at the start of its invasions of Muslim lands like Iraq and Afghanistan, the expense this would entail, and is now trying, through its puppet regimes, to force the people of neighbours like Pakistan to pay the cost of the war. The government is not resisting this unfair imposition on the people as it should, and has not made it clear what will any new tax be like, from whom would it be levied, and on whom it would fall. This is at the same time as it goes ahead with the plan for a capital gains tax on stocks. The latest step on that was the meeting that a delegation of the Karachi Stock Exchange had with a Finance Ministry team headed by the Minister himself, Shaukat Tarin. The planned tax will be in addition to, not a substitute for, the withholding taxes already imposed on stock exchange transactions, and as was demanded by the KSE recently. This tax, at least, will be in the budget in June, and not in some earlier minibudget. The government must realise that the Pakistani taxpayer is already overburdened, and deserves relief because the government is not delivering the services that justify high taxation rates elsewhere. The government must not make the taxpayer pay for a war that is not Pakistans, and which the people of Pakistan oppose anyway. If that means revising its relationship with the USA to preclude blind obedience, then it should take that step. If the IMF programme is thereby endangered, that is a step which the government must take. There must be no minibudget, especially with so much of the current financial year past.