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No more concessions for tax evaders: Hafeez Shaikh

Published Nov 13, 2012 08:12am


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ISLAMABAD: Finance Minister Dr Abdul Hafeez Shaikh said here on Tuesday that tax evaders would not be allowed concessions anymore, adding that, the prime minister had supported the tax amnesty scheme which would be presented to the federal cabinet, DawnNews reported.

Speaking at a press conference held in Islamabad, Dr Shaikh added that despite sending out notices, people fail to pay their taxes. He emphasised that now these people would have to pay their taxes.

He said the ministry was completing the stage of essential documentation required to implement the scheme and that the proposal would soon be presented to the cabinet.

Dr Shaikh said the delay in the Reformed General Sales Tax (RGST) adversely affected the state of education, health and law and order across the country.

The minister added that there was an increase of Rs 350 billion in tax revenue last year.

He further said that the provincial governments would have to fulfill their responsibilities in collecting tax revenue, adding that, they were not doing so at present.

The finance minister also said that the current government had saved Pakistan from defaulting, adding that, in the last four and a half years the government had transferred Rs 50 trillion were transferred to the provinces and completed 650 projects costing up to Rs 30 trillion.


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Nostradamus Nov 13, 2012 07:05pm
Evidence ?
haris Nov 13, 2012 09:18am
" evaders would not be allowed concessions anymore..." Oh God! Look who is saying. The Finance Minister himself is evading Tax-payments for past many years. Who is going to apprehend him?
Ali Nov 13, 2012 12:57pm
Is he required to under the pakistani law??????????????????
ali Nov 13, 2012 01:04pm
Dr. Abdul Hafeez Shaikh do you have any idea what is happening in Karachi. What tax you are asking to pay, when there is no safety of human being in Karachi ? You and your government have not been able to provide the people of Pakistan with basic amenities. NO Safety, NO electricity, NO ........ and the list goes on. Your government only wants to remain in power, with or without principles, which is the root of the problem. Just to be in power the government gives free hand to their coalition partners, which is the main problem. The interior minister always blames foreign elements or someone else - okay, now what have you done in these 4+ years about it ?
ayaz hussain Nov 13, 2012 10:48am
Is Mr. Hafeez paying income tax?
Uqaab Nov 13, 2012 09:10am
Why were there concessions in the first place?
Abdullah Hussain Nov 13, 2012 10:26am
Agriculture & farm tax is essential. Poor farmers are getting enough to feed themselves while hefty amount is pocketed by the land owners. There should be a land reform allowing to own land up to a reasonable limit. The remaining land should be distributed to poor farmers to produce more food.
Guest63 Nov 13, 2012 05:59pm
Nop , so the Charity Must begin at home first , Bismillah yah sheiikh , do it yourself , thencall in your old Buddy YRG and then your Boss AAZ , to start with . Hope the tax collection can be achieved within 6 months of the fiscal year every year
M. Asghar Nov 13, 2012 10:34am
This declaration of the finance minister is nothing more than the theatrical shenanigans for the coming elections.
Hadi Nov 13, 2012 03:06pm
Although there is lot to do more but I appreciate any efforts that attempt to discipline we Pakistanin. I suggest star with big fishes no matter how powerful they look. Good joj finance minister.
Adeel Nov 13, 2012 11:29am
100% agreed with you, plus what about the 300+ other parlimentarians out of which majority does not pay taxes, why does the government start with them. How long will these people live on our efforts.
Sabih Shad Nov 14, 2012 02:22pm
Why should it be distributed to poor farmers? Why not poor urbanites? Why not the poor salaried class who have been paying taxes? Also if someone owns land, why snatch it from him? What was his crime? Owning land?