Centre urged to review withholding tax

Updated August 16, 2015

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QUETTA: Chief Minister Dr Abdul Malik Baloch talks to women legislators during a Balochistan Assembly session on Saturday.—Online
QUETTA: Chief Minister Dr Abdul Malik Baloch talks to women legislators during a Balochistan Assembly session on Saturday.—Online

QUETTA: The Baloch­is­tan Assembly through a resolution on Saturday asked the federal government to review its decision about withholding tax because it was affecting the business community and other account holders.

The motion tabled by opposition member Husna Bano was converted into a resolution on the proposal of Minister for Law and Parliamentary Affairs Abdul Rahim Ziaratwal.

Taking part in the debate on the withholding tax, Ms Bano, Mr Ziaratwal, Adviser to Chief Minister on Education Sardar Reza Muhammad Barach and opposition member Sardar Abdur Rehman Khetran urged the federal government to resolve the matter amicably.

The house unanimously adopted a resolution, calling on the federal government to allow the provincial government to make legislation for establishing Balochistan Provincial Police Service to take decisions about promotion of officers to Grade 19 and 21.

Sardar Khetran tabled the resolution from both treasury and opposition sides and said that police officers in Grade 18, belonging to Balochistan, had been facing problems for their promotion to higher grades.

The resolution suggests that the federal government should devolve powers of promotion to the province.

Acting Speaker Mir Quddus Bizenjo who presided over the session directed Home Minister Mir Sarfaraz Bugti to submit a report on the issue in one month so that legislation could be made.

Adviser to Chief Minister on Finance Mir Khalid Lango presented the Balochistan Audit Report 2014-15 and Financial Committee report 2014-15.

Published in Dawn, August 16th, 2015

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