LAHORE – Jamaat-e-Islami has claimed that it has the skill and capability to overcome loadshedding of electricity and gas within six months besides reviving national institutions such as PIA, Pakistan Steels Mills and OGDC within one year.

Presenting budget proposals at a press conference here at Lahore Press Club on Monday, JI Secretary General Liaquat Baloch and Chairman Jamaat-e-Islami Standing Committee on Economics and former CBR Member Sarfraz Ahmed Khan stressed that the tax network should be broadened and tax rate decreased for increasing the country’s revenue generation.

Baloch said there was no increase in the GDP under the present government.

He said nobody was willing to invest in the country in the presence of corruption kings. Corruption and US dictation had done incalculable harm to the country’s integrity, solidarity and ruined its economy.

He said with the nation’s support and confidence, the JI could make the country stand on its feet within one year and restore its image in the comity of nations.

He cited the example of Turkey which had been craving for membership of the European Union only a few years back but an honest and God fearing leadership had brought it economic stability.

The JI secretary general said the present rulers were burden and they had reduced the country to a US slave. Attending the Chicago Conference by President Zardari had only brought disgrace to the country, he said adding that the Defense of Pakistan Council would continue to oppose the restoration of Nato supplies.

Giving budget proposals, Sarfraz Ahmed Khan stressed upon abolition of budget allocations for MNAs and MPAs in the name of development, saying the government should complete all development projects directly.

He suggested ban on transfer of funds from one project to another or the other sector without Public Accounts Committee approval. He called for starting coal and water based electricity projects and complete ban on foreign loans. He underlined the need for a strict accountability system and confiscation of all property in case corruption was proved.

Sarfaraz also suggested abolition to daily wages and contract systems and making all employees permanent.

He further stressed that at least 80 per cent of the income from electricity and gas should be spent on these departments.

He said that the Jamaat-e-Islami  would bring down the tax rate to the lowest so as to increase the number of tax payers as it would motivate the people to pay taxes voluntarily.