Ataullah khan PPP leader from Jhang joins PTI | Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf
<div>Ataullah Khan, PPP leader from Jhang and PPP???s candidate for NA 91, Jhang VI in 2008 general elections, announced to quite PPP and join Tehreek-e-Insaf at a press conference held at the Press Club Lahore on Saturday the 21st of January 2012. The conference was attended amongst others by Hamid Khan - Senior Central Vice President PTI, Mr. Ahsan Rasheed - President PTI Punjab, Admiral Javed Iqbal - Central Vice President PTI Punjab, Air Vice Marshal Shahid Zulfiqar - Member CEC PTI and Mian Muhammad Azhar - President Political Committee, PTI Punjab.</div> <div><span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Mr. Khan &#160;obtained 65,253 votes in 2008 elections against the winning candidate of PML (Q) Mehboob Sultan amidst grave allegations of polls rigging and use of bogus votes by PML (Q) in district Jhang. However, the tally of over 65,000 votes by Mr. Khan was the highest for any PPP candidate in Faisalabad Division, as no PPP candidate in Faisalabad Division, winner or runner up, obtained 65,000 or more votes.</div> <div>Mr. Khan has a rich background of government service in the Customs and Excise Department and the Federal Board of Revenue and after his voluntary retirement in 1996, established himself as the leading consultant in the field of customs, excise and sales tax laws. During service, he was awarded Fellowship by the Customs Cooperation Council (now World Customs Organization) Brussels in 1985 and he transformed the whole of Pakistan Customs Tariff onto the international Harmonized System which was accepted and acknowledged at the international level. He worked as Domestic Expert in the Pakistan Customs Development Project of Asian Development Bank in 2001. He was appointed as Chairman of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee of FBR in 2004, a statutory body constituted under the Customs Act, 1969 for the resolution of disputes between the Customs Department and the traders/industrialists.&#160;</div> <div>He was active in the student politics of the sixties and was elected the President of Punjab University Students Union in 1965-66.&#160;</div> <div>He has been associated with Pakistan People???s Party for the last 7 years and has decided to quit PPP and join PTI after having been thoroughly disappointed with the performance and the conduct of the party and the government in several fields, particularly the area of his expertise i.e. the fiscal policy of the Federal Government.&#160;</div> <div>The tax to GDP ratio in Pakistan has been declining drastically due to grave structural flaws, failure in the collection of taxes, absence of parliamentary oversight in the matters of tax policy and execution and the taxpayers absolute distrust in the expenditure of the government relating to the disbursal and the utilization of taxes collected from the citizens.&#160;</div> <div><span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>According to him, PTI and its leader appear to provide a hope for an objective assessment of the current situation and a declared intent to introduce reforms in the structure as well as the execution of taxation systems, for the betterment of the citizens of the country who have shown great confidence in the party???s leadership which hopefully would result in the restoration of faith in the taxpayers as well as substantial increase the government revenues. &#160;</div> <div><span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Mr. Ataullah Khan not only has the potentials of a winning candidate of National Assembly from Jhang, but can also prove to be an asset for the team of professional experts of PTI engaged and assigned to the task of reforming the taxation strutcture and financial systems of the country.</div> <div>&#160;</div> <div> <div style="background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0.917969); "><font color="#333333" face="arial, sans-serif" style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; "><span style="line-height: 18px; ">Here is a video coverage of the press conference&#160;</span></font><a target="_blank" style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; color: rgb(17, 85, 204); " href="http://youtu.be/zB-Ig8qvwkw">http://youtu.be/zB-<wbr></wbr>Ig8qvwkw</a><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; ">&#160;</span></div> <div style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0.917969); ">&#160;</div> </div>