The complaints of the formal taxpaying sectors regarding the FBR’s treatment of them are worrying.
Why on earth would any province impose or increase a tax to muster additional resources for the centre to spend?
A sale of additional shares of HBL cannot lead to improvement in operational efficiency.
Economic development benefits in the last decade have largely accrued to the richer and more educated.
The crisis of the industrial structure today is an outcome of the piecemeal opening up of the trading sector.
Taxpayers have to contend with different authorities for different taxes.
The reference to Swiss banks deflects the focus from the real issue.
The efforts of successive governments to check black money, especially that earned by evading taxes, have failed.
The external balance is deteriorating steadily with short-term debt rising fast.
It is practically impossible for the poor to participate effectively in the development process.
Perish the thought that there will be any improvement in governance, and meaningful reforms.
The income derived from bribes is now an expected part of wages for the bureaucracy.
Our population growth rate has declined but at a slower rate than is desirable.
We have not even begun to tackle the problems in our defective power sector.
On an average our courts take three years to resolve a commercial dispute.
The segment of the population under discussion stimulates the growth process in several ways.
Our regulatory system focuses on the inputs as opposed to outputs and outcomes.
The legal and institutional set-up has given rights to civil servants which are detrimental to citizens.
Whereas the thin upper stratum thrives, the poor are pushed out of the ambit of development.
Unless negative perceptions are changed, it will not be possible to create constituencies for reform.