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Govt bringing ‘tsunami of taxes’ through mini-budget, says Bilawal in NA speech

Govt bringing ‘tsunami of taxes’ through mini-budget, says Bilawal in NA speech

PPP Chairperson Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari lashed out at the PTI government in the National Assembly on Wednesday, saying it was bringing a "tsunami of taxes" through the mini-budget.

The burden of the PTI government's agreement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) would fall on the common man, Bilawal said, warning that it would lead to "economic slaughter" across the country.

He said Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Shehbaz Sharif had talked about a national dialogue on the country's economy but the government refused because of its "stubbornness".

"The people of Pakistan can see what happens as a result of your decisions," the PPP leader said.

Bilawal said the government could have used the opposition's rigidity on the matter to inform the IMF of its inability to accept its demands. "But because of your stubbornness and ego, you took decisions that are a robbery of the common man's pockets," he lambasted.

He said the government was presenting a new budget with a new finance minister — referring to Shaukat Tarin who was reappointed last month — at a time when Pakistan was seeing "bad economic indicators never seen previously".

"You've broken all records of negative growth, inflation, increase in poverty and unemployment rates. When we say this isn't tabdeeli (change) but destruction, we're telling the truth. You cannot be entitled to your own facts."

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