Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday warned of legal action against those who do not declare their undisclosed assets by June 30, as the cash-strapped government ramps up efforts to fix the country’s economy.
Addressing the nation ahead of the federal budget for fiscal year 2019-20 to be announced Tuesday, Khan said. “We will need to change ourselves if we want to become a great country.”
“I am appealing to all of you to take part in the Asset Declaration Scheme that we have brought, because if we don’t pay taxes, we will not be able to raise our country up,” Khan said.
The premier said that people have until June 30 to declare their benami assets, benami bank accounts and money that was kept abroad.
“After June 30, you will not get this opportunity,” he said.
“Our agencies have information about who has benami accounts and benami properties,” the premier said.
“This was never available to us before therefore take advantage of this scheme. Give Pakistan the benefit. Fix your children’s future. [Give us] the chance that we get this country to stand on its own two feet and take people out of poverty,” he said. “My Pakistanis, in the past ten years Pakistan’s debt went from Rs 6,000 billion to Rs 30,000 billion,” he said.