Saturday, January 5, 2013

GB Council urges FBR to collect taxes in Gilgit Baltistan

Gilgit-Baltistan Council and has requested the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) to depute Inland Revenue Officers for establishment of a full-fledged Income Tax Department at Gilgit-Baltistan and Azad Kashmir, Business Recorder reported on Monday.

According to report, the Gilgit-Baltistan government has decided to impose income tax in the region through the Gilgit-Baltistan Council, a non-elected body headed by Prime Minister of Pakistan.

According to a letter of FBR to officers of IRS, Gilgit-Baltistan Council Secretariat requires the services of officers of Inland Revenue Service of BS-17 to BS-20 and officials on deputation basis for posting in Income Tax Department at Gilgit-Baltistan. Interested officers/ officials may send their options through proper channel to this office by January 10, 2013.

The FBR has already assisted the Gilgit-Baltistan Council Board of Revenue in drafting of the new bill for imposition of income tax on certain categories of persons including corporate sector of Gilgit-Baltistan (GB), 35 percent corporate tax on GB-based companies and sharing of customs duty between the FBR and the GB on the clearance of Chinese goods from the Sust Dry Port.

It has also deputed custom officials in the region to collect taxes on Non-cumtom paid (NCP) which are either smuggled or theft and solved in Gilgit Baltistan on very cheap prices. After imposition of tax, the prices of NCP vehicle have shoot up, making them out of reach for majority locals.

By directing the FBR to make arragement of imposing taxes, the prime minister has ignored the universal law of “No Taxation without Representation” set by United Nation, thus, denying the economic rights of the people of occupied territory. Pakistan has no right to impose such taxes in its occupied territory. It has been using ultimate tools like GB Council, a non-elected body to fulfil its unlawful attempts in the the regio. Gilgit Baltistan representing Islamabad instead of Gilgit Baltistan, as it is headed by the Prime Minister of Pakistan.

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