Why are you silent on the amnesty bill for property sector thieves, Imran Khan?

Published: December 3, 2016
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It is useless to ask people like Ishaq Dar and Nawaz Sharif to think of the country’s future (they are there only to enrich themselves) but what about Imran Khan?

It has finally happened. For the past five months, our government strongly resisted pressure from property sector players to grant them amnesty to retain stolen money. This week, the National Assembly – composed mainly of crooks – approved a bill which will enable these thieves to whiten their black money by paying back only 3% of the amount that they have looted from the nation.

Property investors and builders are jubilant. This scheme allows them to whiten seven trillion rupees instantly, while paying a piddling amount to the exchequer. Prices of their plots, bungalows and apartments will undergo a phenomenal increase, making it impossible for the common man to own a house. And it looks like this will continue long into the future, so that not only past crimes but future ones will also be whitewashed and the country will always be poor, with no possibility of improvement in health care, education and infrastructure.

By providing amnesty to tax thieves, the government is encouraging corruption, instead of trying to eradicate it. And it is not being fair to honest tax-payers, who pay up to 35% tax on their income, while those crooks who do not pay their taxes are being rewarded every couple of years by availing the fruits of amnesties. Will this not make honest people feel that they are fools, because those corrupt people who evade taxes will never be punished?

To put things in perspective, look at how India has treated its tax thieves. Black money holders first had to pay 45% to whiten their ill-gotten wealth. Then the government demonetised high denomination notes of Rs500 and Rs1,000. Recently, the Indian government imposed a 50% penalty on black money, with the tax evaders having to deposit money for four years and another 25% into a government fund to help the poor.

This is how nations become great, and whatever you say about Narendra Modi, he is at least sincere to his country and doesn’t want it to become a failed state. Our shameless leaders on the other hand, are bent upon destroying Pakistan. Instead of demonetising currency notes of Rs5,000, and prize bonds of up to Rs40,000, they are encouraging corruption by rewarding those who have milked the country dry.

I know it is useless to ask people like Ishaq Dar and Nawaz Sharif to think of the country’s future – they are only there to enrich themselves – but what about Imran Khan? Why has he not said a word against this wholesale and open robbery, which will ultimately do great damage to the country? I thought he was against corruption, but by being silent on this issue, it seems he (or his cronies) will also benefit from this scheme.

Come on, Mr Imran Khan, speak up; fight this bill, go to the courts and get it revoked. Otherwise, history will remember you as just another crooked politician of the country.

Shakir Lakhani

Shakir Lakhani

Engineer, former visiting lecturer at NED Engineering College, industrialist, associated with petroleum/chemical industries for many years. Loves writing, and (in the opinion of most of those who know him), mentally unbalanced. He tweets @shakirlakhani (twitter.com/shakirlakhani)

The views expressed by the writer and the reader comments do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of The Express Tribune.

  • farooq

    should Imran Khan always say something on everything
    are the rest of the 190 million people in a coma?

    ppl forget to realize that our PM is not IK, he is just a MNA for till 2018Recommend

  • M. S. Chaudhry

    Imran is also silent on 100% salary and perks raise of Parliament members. He is also silent on his party MNAs who receive salaries but don’t attend sessions.Recommend

  • Sarmed Malik

    The reason for me that Imran Khan hasn`t said a word is that its useless.He has been telling masses for years the wrongdoing by the government .Has anything happened No
    So instead asking Imran khan to do something you should ask The Mighty Allah to make these politicians repent .
    Ask yourself why was Wealth tax abolished in the first place?and this too happened in Musharraf era .A common man pays 7 types of taxes in his.her electricity bills whereas an uncommon man pays only one.Your article is good but its aimed at the wrong person .First let him come into power than give him the impossible tasksRecommend

  • Parvez

    Passing laws in Parliament is a numbers game ………. and the number of crooks vastly outnumber the others. The matter could be taken up in the higher courts to have an unjust law struck down……but history does not favor that.Recommend

  • Rehan Tariq

    Imran should also fight and speak up for the recent killing of stage dancer, he should also speak up for the killing of female pmln worker, he should also fight against the corrupt wapda line officers, he should speak up agaisnt the land grabber maafia, should fight against corruption in PIA, xorruption in education ministry and also against police corruption and so on….
    Imran should change his name from Imran khan to SUPER MAN……
    Pathatic blog
    Recommend

  • Zaid

    India’s measures have actually hurt the working poor while the impact on tax-evaders and money-launderers is debatable.

    “The cash shortage has been particularly hard on destitute
    Indians, many of whom don’t have bank accounts. Some of them have to
    choose between waiting in line for a day to exchange their defunct
    currency or working for a day’s wages. And Basu estimates that many poor
    people may simply end up losing their savings because of their mistrust
    of financial institutions and concern about being harassed about where
    their cash came from.

    “The policy is poorly implemented and has a high cost for
    those who are least able to bear it,” Rohini Pande, an economist at
    Harvard’s Kennedy School, said. “Even if [the government is] able to
    reduce corruption somewhat, you have to balance that against costs or
    other ways of reducing black money.”

    Many experts don’t even have faith that this is an
    effective way to counteract tax evasion. Basu says that most black money
    doesn’t take the form of cash held in india but is instead held in
    gold, silver, real estate, and overseas bank accounts.”

    http://www.vox.com/world/2016/11/29/13763070/india-modi-cash-demonetization-protestsRecommend

  • Nasir

    A question to the blogger : What have been the response from you and others like you towards the noise made by IK about issues of corruption , election rigging etc? Do you want IK to stand for another cause so that another opportunity is provided to you for ridiculing him? Recommend

  • middleway1

    I don’t know you, but what you are saying is perfectly sensible and not “mentally imbalanced”Recommend

  • naveed

    this article is written by Nawaz Sharif Darbari.
    keep blaming Imran Khan for everything.
    Nawaz sharif still has to show the receipts of his apartments???Recommend

  • Hassan

    Thankfully the comment section has more sensible people. it would be more appropriate to ask this question to the concerns, or those who r presenting and passing the bill too have amnesty not to be questioned. now i think u got ur answers even before IK could speak. u r doing a good job by raising issues and ur voice against corruption would appreciate if u could direct ur questions to the concerns. its good to see his critics too look up to him for resolutions. Recommend

  • Fahim

    Personally I believe that no taxation on the sector where government is not performing. Government is unable to produce high quality housing societies after 80’s. Housing societies of govt. during 2000’s (Jauher town, Lahore) has lowest quality as streets are too short such that 2 cars can’t cross. Jubliee town lahore and LDA aveneue is pathetic too. As compare to Housing societies of 60’s, 70’s or 80’s i.e. F-8, F-10 etc government standard is going down every day.Recommend

  • iqbal Khan

    The opponents of Imran are trying their best to raise finger on him But like this blogger they fail. Blogger should come out of hiding and tell us why he is picking on Imram and not on the official opposition leader. Imran is just a MNA. let him handle the most important issue which is to get rid of king Nawaz and Ham na waa .Recommend