Monthly Archives: June 2018

Pakistan Industrial and Traders Associations Front for extension in tax amnesty scheme

Lahore, June 29, 2018 (PPI-OT): The Pakistan Industrial and Traders Associations Front (PIAF) Chairman Irfan Iqbal Sheikh has again appealed to the concerned for extension in the Tax Amnesty Scheme 2018, besides launching an awareness drive among the business community to avail this facility. He said that PIAF has been taking up the issue of one-time tax amnesty scheme for the last several years, as this tax package can revamp the economic structure of the country.

In a statement from abroad, He said that Pakistan has suffered from the capital flight because of various factors and this resulted in a huge stock of assets of Pakistani nationals abroad, while the country suffered from the cash flow. The extension in the scheme will help increase the number of taxpayers.

He said that this is the lowest rate so far of all the schemes of similar nature and; therefore, will encourage a large number of people to bring back their cash from abroad. He said that PIAF appreciate the government measures to introduce a comprehensive scheme, which will not only bring a change in the life of individuals, but will also hopefully revamp the economic structure of the country and would bring in the much-needed stability.

PIAF chairman urged the government to give constitutional guarantees and a comprehensive protection package to all the beneficiaries of this scheme against the harassment or questioning by different agencies in the future. The investment and foreign exchange bonds is also a positive step towards bringing the idle foreign exchange deposited in the banks to be utilized for the productive sectors of the economy.

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Protesters subjected to force in Pulwama, several injured

Srinagar, June 29, 2018 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, several people were injured, some of them critically, when Indian troops used brute force on peaceful protesters in Pulwama town, today. People took to the streets at Chatpora in the town after the troops launched a cordon and search operation in adjacent Thamuna area. They marched towards Thamuna raising high-pitched pro-freedom and anti-India slogans.

The troops fired bullets, pellets and teargas shells to disperse the protesters, triggering clashes. Several people sustained injuries in the troops’ action. Some of the injured have been shifted to District Hospital Pulwama for the treatment.

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Kashmiris’ sacrifices not to go waste: Hurriyat leaders

Srinagar, June 29, 2018 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, Hurriyat leaders have said that the sacrifices of Kashmiri martyrs will not be allowed to go waste and their mission will be accomplished at all costs. The Jammu and Kashmir Muslim Conference in a meeting, presided over by its Chairman, Shabbir Ahmed Dar, in Srinagar paid glowing tributes to a boy, Khalid Sharif, on his 9th martyrdom anniversary. The meeting was attended by Muhammad Sultan Magray, Merajuddin Soleh, Bashir Ahmed and Ghulam Nabi Waseem.

The personnel of Indian Central Reserve Police Force threw the 14-year-old Khalid Sharif to Jhelum River. When he tried to swim and come to the bank of the river, the CRPF troops opened indiscriminate fire and killed him. The JKMC leaders on the occasion, paying tributes to the martyr, said that the sacrifices of Kashmiri martyrs would not go waste and the ongoing liberation movement would be taken to its logical conclusion.

Meanwhile, Hurriyat leader, Imtiyaz Ahmad Reshi, addressing a public meeting at Awanta Bhawan in Srinagar said that the United Nations should fulfill its responsibilities towards settlement of the Kashmir dispute. He said, “Freedom is our birth right and no power on earth can stop us from achieving this right.” He deplored that the Indian troops were committing gross human rights violations in occupied Kashmir with impunity.

Hurriyat leaders, Muhammad Yousuf Naqash and Javaid Ahmed Mir in a prayer meeting paid homage to Aijaz Ahmed Bazaz on his martyrdom anniversary. They said that it was their collective responsibility of trhe people to carry forward the martyrs’ mission. They said that the Indian brutalities could sot suppress the Kashmiris’ freedom sentiment.

Hurriyat leader, Mukhtar Ahmad Waza, addressing a public gathering in Wangoum area of Kokernag said that Kashmir was a political dispute and should be resolved politically in accordance with the aspirations of Kashmiri people. He said that the people of Kashmir had given unprecedented sacrifices for the Kashmir cause which would not be allowed to go waste. He said that liberation movement would be taken to its logical end at all costs.

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Protesters subjected to force, many injured

Srinagar, June 29, 2018 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, several people were injured, some of them critically, when Indian troops used brute force on peaceful protesters in Pulwama town, today. People took to the streets at Chatpora in the town after the troops launched a cordon and search operation in adjacent Thamuna area. They marched towards Thamuna raising high-pitched pro-freedom and anti-India slogans. The troops fired bullets, pellets and teargas shells to disperse the protesters, triggering severe clashes. Several people sustained injuries in the troops’ action. The troops also destroyed a residential house in the area.

Meanwhile, Indian troops in their fresh act of state terrorism martyred one Kashmiri youth during a violent military operation in Tunga-Kachama area of Kupwara district, today. Two Indian soldiers were injured in an attack on a patrolling party of Indian Army in Ahgam area of Shopian district.

The All Parties Hurriyat Conference and the Hurriyat forum led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq in their statements in Srinagar expressed serious concern over horrific and fearful atmosphere created by the Indian forces’ personnel through frequent night raids on the residences of pro-freedom leaders and activists. They said that despite Indian state terrorism, the Kashmiri people would take their freedom movement to its logical conclusion, come what may.

The Jammu and Kashmir Muslim Conference in a meeting presided over by its Chairman, Shabbir Ahmed Dar, in Srinagar paid glowing tributes to a boy, Khalid Sharif, of Sopore on his 9th martyrdom anniversary. The meeting was attended by Muhammad Sultan Magray, Merajuddin Soleh, Bashir Ahmed and Ghulam Nabi Waseem. Hurriyat leaders, Muhammad Yousuf Naqash, Javaid Ahmed Mir, Mukhtar Ahmed Waza and Imtiyaz Ahmad Reshi addressing gatherings in different areas said that the sacrifices of Kashmiri martyrs will not be allowed to go waste and their mission will be accomplished at all costs.

Dukhtaran-e-Millat in a statement in Srinagar rejecting the latest recommendation of the Indian Home Ministry asking the National Investigation Agency to file a fresh FIR against the party Chairperson, Aasiya Andrabi, termed it another ploy of India to muzzle the genuine Kashmiri voices.

On the other hand, Kashmiri representatives including Barrister Abdul Majeed Tramboo, Professor Nazir Ahmed Shawl, Parvaiz Ahmed Shah and Mrs Shameem Shawl addressing the UN Road Conference in Geneva called upon the World Body to help in resolving the Kashmir dispute by granting the Kashmiris their right to self-determination.

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FPCCI announces unconditional support for Kalabagh Dam

Karachi, June 29, 2018 (PPI-OT): In a major policy shift, the Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI) on Friday announced its unconditional support to the controversial Kalabagh dam (KBD) terming it imperative to the survival of the country. Breaking its long silence over the issue, it also welcomed the action taken by the Supreme Court on water issues and KBD calling it a ray of hope at a time when Pakistan has become a water-starved country.

In a joint statement issued here today, Acting President FPCCI Atif Ikram Sheikh and Vice President Karim Aziz Malik said that KBD was proposed six decades ago but it was never implemented due to political controversies. A technical matter has been transformed into a political matter while the country continues to suffer, they added.

The business leaders said that Pakistan is considered a developing country where problems like power shortage and less availability of water are in dire need to be taken care of which is now realized by the Supreme Court. Atif Ikram Sheikh and Karim Aziz Malik said that after independence India has constructed 4000 dams whereas Pakistan could manage only 150 dams out of which the major reservoirs of Mangla and Tarbela are dying with a rapid pace.

Pakistan had a water storage capacity for only 30 days of consumption whereas India had water reserves enough for 170 days while we continue to waste 25 million acre-feet of water worth billions of dollars every year because of lack of storages. Politicians have remained blind to our needs for a long time and now the nation should be united to realise the cheap source of electricity as the unit price of electricity produced by hydropower is half the power produced through solar or wind energy, they added.

The cost of not building KBD and not settling issues between provinces is very high as economy and masses will continue to suffer and natural disasters coupled with power shortages will continue to damage the country. The perceptions about KBD are unfounded which are aimed at safeguarding the interests of the country’s enemies, they said, adding that a mechanism for joint control of all the concerned provinces over the dam and its water can pave way for a political consensus.

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Secretary General
Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI)
B-1, Federation House, Main Clifton Road,
Shahra-e-Firdousi, Karachi-75600, Pakistan
Tel: +92-21-35873691, 93-94
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Kashmir solution imperative for regional peace

Muzaffarabad, June 29, 2018 (PPI-OT): The Secretary of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Cell, Muhammad Idrees Abbasi, has said that settlement of the Kashmir dispute in accordance with the aspirations of the Kashmiri people is essential for ensuring permanent peace in the region.

Muhammad Idrees Abbasi during a meeting with the Ambassador of Switzerland to Pakistan, Thomas Kolly, in Muzaffarabad briefed him about the Indian atrocities in occupied Kashmir. He said that India had unleashed a reign of terror in the occupied territory where under the guise of so-called search operations, houses were raided and young Kashmiris were killed.

He said that the international community should take notice of the Indian state terrorism in occupied Kashmir and the United Nations should implement its resolutions on Kashmir so that permanent peace could be established in the South Asia region.

The Admin Director of the Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Cell, Raja Muhammad Sajjad Khan, Director Operations, Raja Muhammad Aslam Khan and members of a delegation accompanying the Swiss Ambassador were also present on the occasion.

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