Pakistani farmers have announced they will take to the streets next week as Imran Khan’s government imposes taxes on the agricultural sector, raising the prices of fertilizers and other agricultural inputs, local media reported. Pakistani militants from Kissan Ittehad (PKI), together with their children, livestock and poultry, will demonstrate on February 14 in Multan against the imposition of taxes on the agricultural sector, more expensive fertilizers and other agricultural inputs, a reported Dawn.
The protest is called “Speechless Animals and Helpless Farmers” by the farmers’ association. The PKI pledged to carry the demonstration to other districts of the province and to move later to the federal capital. PKI leader Khalid Mahmood Khokhar said the farmer next week, Monday, will be in mourning to save the future of his children, future generations and the economy of his beloved homeland.
Khokhar also said that farmers’ representatives have held a series of meetings with government authorities to protest against a general sales tax of 17% on agricultural products. They also opposed the 3% GST on seeds, the high electricity billing rates for tube wells, the multiple increase in diesel and fertilizer prices as a result of the finance bill. complementary 2021, but to no avail as they were told that action was being taken on the instructions of the IMF.
The farmers argue that since they have never benefited from government loans and borrowings from the IMF, they are being forced to pay high taxes on seeds, electricity and diesel as demanded by international lenders, according to Dawn. (ANI)
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