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Rich versus the poor

THIS is with reference to the letter by Aamir Aqil (Oct 14). The writer’s arguments are extremely cogent, logical and valid. The GDP of the country for 2012 is estimated at $240 billion.

Sector-wise, agriculture contributes 21.2 per cent whereas industry and services add 25.4per cent and 53.4per cent, respectively, to the total. A million dollar question is why agriculture is treated as a holy cow. Is it due to the fact that big landowners enjoy unrestricted access to the corridors of power and they and their surrogates are comfortably ensconced in parliament?

Another point that comes to mind is the fact there is a large class of professionals who literally make a small fortune on a daily basis. However, tax paid by them is a mere pittance. Everyone in the country, including the FBR, is aware of the fact that most industries maintain two sets of books.

One meant for tax authorities and the second for private consumption. Why is this practice allowed to flourish unchecked?

Last but not least, a few years back a house-to-house survey was conducted and details were sought about automobiles owned, utility and club bills paid, expenses on foreign trips and education of children abroad.

The reason why this exercise was quietly stopped is quite obvious. It would have laid bare the skeletons in a very large number of cupboards. In this country it is only the weak and helpless who suffer the rap. The high and mighty are above the law. As long as this mentality exists, nothing is going to change.

HILAL AHMED Karachi


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Cyrus Howell
Oct 19, 2012 08:04pm
" I've been rich and I've been poor, and rich is better. . Ethel Merman
Kashif Rafique
Oct 19, 2012 07:20am
HILAL AHMED This wonderful and I am totally agree with your comments about 3m4 points which you highlighted in this letter ,actually these are the reality figures but how we can bring the change on it .that is the real issue. Kashif Rafique
farkhunda
Oct 19, 2012 09:18am
In our country rich is getting richest and poor is getting poorest.
Keti Zilgish
Oct 19, 2012 09:27pm
The only way out is that the 'weak and the helpless' should be taught how to help each other and this can be done successfully only by teachers who have first mastered this process on a small scale amongst themselves.