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Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan forms committee for substandard stents’ investigations

Islamabad, January 22, 2017 (PPI-OT): Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan conducted an emergency meeting in the committee room regarding use of unregistered stents by the doctors in cardiac and tertiary care hospitals in the country. Authority has shown his great …

Finance Minister conducts computerized balloting for audit for tax year 2015

Islamabad, January 05, 2017 (PPI-OT):Minister for Finance, Senator Muhammad Ishaq Dar said that the government would not tolerate tax evaders in any case and the time to come would be very difficult for them. He however assured those tax payers who were paying their taxes honestly would be further facilitated.

Addressing a ceremony held in FBR to conduct computerized balloting for audit for tax year 2015 (income tax, sales tax and Federal Excise Duty), the Finance Minister said those selected for audit should need not worry if they were honest tax payers. He said due to hard efforts of the government, Pakistan succeeded to become a signatory of the Multilateral Convention of Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and Pakistan could now have access to information about the tax evaders anywhere in the world.

”That is why I am saying that tax evaders cannot run anywhere and ultimately they must have to pay their taxes honestly otherwise they would have to face legal process”, Dar added. He also directed the FBR officials not to harass the tax payers and they should not be dealt with heavy handedness, however he asked the FBR to ensure tax compliance. Finance Minister said that due to structural reforms and stringent fiscal discipline, the government succeeded in boosting the revenue collection by 60 percent in three years whereas in 2012-13, the revenue collection increase was 3.38 percent.

“Today Pakistan’s socio economic condition is far better than that it was in 2013 when the country was on the verge of default”, he remarked. He however said that there was a lot to be done in order to bring the country among top 18 countries by 2030s. “Now the whole focus of the government is on exports growth, agriculture and services led economic growth as there is lot of room in these sectors to develop”, he added. The Minister said now Pakistan would not only come out of energy crisis in 2018 but it would also become an energy surplus country. “We have brought down the load shedding period from 16 to 20 hours daily in 2013 to only four hours now and due to a number of energy projects going on in the country”, he added.

The Finance Minister said this country’s future was bright and every citizen should own it and take part in its development. He said this year too only 7.5 per cent of total tax payers had been selected through computerized balloting audit and their audit would be conducted transparently. Earlier, speaking at the occasion, Minister of State for Revenue, Haroon Akhtar Khan said that without audit, self assessment schemes could not be successful. He said the balloting was totally computerized and there was no chance of any mismanagement.

Chairman FBR, Nisar Muhammad Khan said in order to promote tax culture and compliance many audit policies were launched in the past but the latest policy that was approved a few days ago had been carefully drafted keeping in mind the wisdom and experience derived from the past policies. He said the Audit policy, 2016 had proposed a paradigm shift from random ballot to parametric selection and risk based approach.

“This approach would minimize chances of selection of compliant tax payers resulting in increased confidence in the system”, he said, adding this new trend in taxpayers’ audit would not only promote compliance with the existing tax laws but would also generate increased revenues through better declaration for better public spending by the government.

According to results of computerized balloting of audit cases, FBR selected 82,090 cases out of total 1094,507 tax returns for income tax non corporate taxpayers. Similarly, for sales tax on corporate 7,976 cases were selected while for sales tax corporate taxpayers, 986 cases for audit were selected and 30 cases were selected for audit from Federal Excise Duty (corporate sector) and 21 cases were selected for FED non corporate sector.

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Thousands march towards home of martyred youth

Srinagar, September 15, 2016 (PPI-OT):In occupied Kashmir, thousands of people including women marched towards the home of a martyred youth, Mustafa Mir, in Bandipora district, today, amid high-pitched anti-India and pro-freedom slogans.

Mustafa Mir of Dachigam area of the district was killed after being hit by a teargas shell fired by Indian troops on protesters on the day of Eid-ul-Azha.

People from across the Bandipora district marched to the village of the killed youth where religious and Hurriyet leaders addressed them. The speakers called for resolution of the Kashmir dispute in accordance with the Kashmiris’ aspirations.

The residents of Sopore took to the streets against the killing of a youth, Mansoor Ahmad Lone. The protesters said that the youth was killed in custody by Indian Army. Mansoor Lone went missing on Tuesday after clashes between protestors and Indian forces’ personnel and his body was found at a stone quarry, yesterday.

Meanwhile, normal life remained paralyzed for the 69th consecutive day, today, across the Kashmir Valley where heavy deployment of Indian troops and police personnel had been made by the puppet authorities to prevent people from staging demonstrations against civilian killings. Complete shutdown was observed on the call of united resistance leadership comprising the All Parties Hurriyet Conference Chairman, Syed Ali Gilani, and Hurriyet leaders, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik.

The occupation authorities continued to impose curfew in Rajouri district of Jammu region on the second successive day, today. The curfew was enforced yesterday after tension over an assault on some members of the Muslim community by Hindu extremists for slaughtering a camel on the occasion of Eid-ul-Azha.

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400 litres illegal liquor and 21 kg heroin seized, 3 accused arrested

Karachi, August 09, 2016 (PPI-OT):On the directives of Provincial Minister for Excise and Taxation Mukesh Kumar Chawala a massive drive against drugs is going on across the province. During the launch a Suzuki pickup bearing registration no BRT 2901was spotted on Obauro road. A team of Excise and Taxation department led by ETI Qamar uddin Siyal searched the vehicle and found 400 litres illicit liquor and arrested accused Rafiq Ahmed and registered a case against him while the vehicle was also impounded. It is to mention here that during such a drive 21 kg heroin worth of many crores rupees was also recovered in a raid on Naseer Wagan Road near Larkana and two accused were also arrested while a truck was impounded as well.

The Excise and Taxation minister Mukesh Kumar Chawala has appreciated the both teams and assured the efficient and honest officers and officials of the department that they would be rewarded for their good performance and directed them to accelerate their efforts against drug peddlers to make Sindh a drug free province.

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Human Right Cell of Supreme Court disposes of 15740 applications in last six months

Islamabad, June 17, 2016 (PPI-OT): Hon’ble Chief Justice of Pakistan Mr. Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali reviewed the performance of last six months of Human Right Cell of Supreme Court of Pakistan. The Hon’ble Chief Justice of Pakistan was informed that HR Cell working under the direct supervision of his Lordship, receives average 2500 applications per month. The backlog of applications in the HR Cell of Apex Court on 01 st December 2015 was 10750 applications. As 14893 new applications were instituted during the period from 01 st December, 2015 to 31 st May 2016, the progressive total of pending applications came to 25343 applications. Out of these, 15740 applications were disposed of during the above mentioned period. The backlog on 31 st May 2016 remained 9903 applications.

These applications included overseas Pakistanis complaints regarding delay in issuance of CNOP machine readable passports, illegal dispossession of properties, usurpation of inherited properties, lack of qualified professional legal advice, fraud, etc. Moreover, action was also taken on individual complaints carrying public issues like flaws in public health care system, cases from police despotism, Administrative anomalies, tyrannies by powerful class, threats to minorities and their place of worship, cases of Karo Kari and Wani, matters of non-payment of pension of retired employees as well as the delayed payment of salaries to low government employees. Overall relief was provided 62% of the applications and frivolous applications have been discouraged.

Showing the satisfaction, the Hon’ble Chief Justice of Pakistan directed DG of the Cell to ensure proper and timely compliance of the Court directions by the public functionaries making reference to the position that despite specific directions by the Court (in Human Rights Case No.05/2009 to ensure timely process of pension cases) there still are frequent complaints of delay in release of pension. He also directed the DG HR Cell to put up a draft proposal / mechanism to check slackness by departments in such matters.

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Shahid Hussain Kamboyo
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Supreme Court of Pakistan
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Email: mail@supremecourt.gov.pk

Study visit of National Accountability Bureau trainees to ministry of law and justice

Islamabad, February 02, 2016 (PPI-OT): A study visit of NAB Trainees of Investigator Basic Induction Course (IBIC) Batch-VII was conducted today at the Ministry of Law and Justice. The Trainees were briefed by Additional Secretary, Ministry of Law and Justice, Mr. Saqib Aleem, while NAB delegation was led by Mr. Naveed Ashraf, Additional Director/ Course Coordinator, PTC Sihala. The briefing was also attended by Mr. Kashi-ur-Rehman, Additional Draftsman, Mr. Ahmad Raza Khan, Deputy Solicitor and Mr. Salahuddin, Deputy Secretary (PCT) from the Ministry of Law and Justice.

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