PPP terms collection of taxes in GB illegal

GILGIT: Leaders of Pakistan Peoples Party, Gilgit-Baltistan, on Thursday termed illegal the collection of income tax, general sales tax and withholding tax from people in the region.
They also announced to call an all-party conference to start a joint protest against imposition of taxes in GB without giving representation to them in the parliament and the execution of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor project without taking the GB people into confidence.
The announcement was made by PPP leader Amjad Hussain adovcate while addressing a press conference here. He was accompanied by former Speaker Gilgit-Baltistan Legislative Assembly and PPP leader Wazir Baig, Jamil Ahmed, former regional minister Mohmmad Ismail, Javed Hussain, Ayub Shah and Zulfiqar Ali Murad.
Amjad Hussain said that the federal government had imposed taxes on GB people without giving them representation in the National Assembly and Senate.
“Imposition of taxes is the subject of GB Council and the council had rejected the proposal last year. Imposition of taxes without the approval of GB Council is an illegal and unconstitutional act, he said.
He said that so far Rs38 billion had been collected from the people in different taxes. He said that according to the law the federal government returned its 54 per cent amount of the taxes to the relevant province under the National Finance Commission (NFC) award, but the GB government had not been provided the share, which was a violation of the Constitution.
He warned that the people would not pay taxes if they were not given representation in the parliament.
Speaking on the occasion, Wazir Baig said that the federal government had been violating the rights of GB people. He claimed that without determining the constitutional status of the region the work on CPEC in the region could not be started.
Speaking on the occasion, Jamil Ahmed said that after two months of the GB elections the government had not established the election tribunal to hear cases related to poll rigging. He alleged that the PML-N government was involved in corruption.
He said that the government had been holding festivals, but not giving relief to flood-affected people of the region. Courtesy Dawn