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PPP To Challenge Tax Amnesty Scheme in Parliament: Rabbani

Karachi (April 06, 2018): Former Chairman Senate and Senior PPP Leader Raza Rabbani said that Pakistan People’e Party to Challenge PML N Govt’s tax amnesty scheme in the parliament. 

Addressing media along with other PPP Leaders in Karachi, he said that so far no need to approach court of law to challenge the scheme, when pertinent forum of parliament is available.

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He lumped the new scheme with the PML-N government’s previous schemes, all of which, he said, had failed.

“It is unfortunate that in this government’s tenure, all of the schemes were for the benefit of capitalists, big businesses and the ruling elite of Pakistan,” Rabbani said, adding that none benefited the middle classes and the poor “who have been crushed under the burden of direct and indirect taxes, and inflation.”

If the government chooses to bring an ordinance regarding the amnesty scheme to the parliament, “it would be a strange and surprising thing that the parliament would be asked to give blanket [immunity] to all black businesses.”He said that he would request the PPP’s parliamentary party and, if he gains its approval, ask the opposition’s parliamentary party to reject the ordinance under Article 89 of the Constitution.

“In at least the Senate, the opposition should bring a resolution for disapproval of the ordinance,” Rabbani said.

When asked about whether his party was considering challenging the move in courts, he said: “I think we should try to resolve political issues through parliament rather than going to the courts.”

He also rejected the claim that the new scheme would adversely affect the illegal hundi business in Pakistan. There are other ways to curb the practice if the government is really serious about it, he maintained.Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, after a meeting of the Economic Advisory Council on Thursday, had announced tax reforms aimed at clamping down on tax evaders and expanding the tax net.

He had also announced that those who avail the scheme will be given a one-time exemption allowing undeclared assets held locally or abroad to be declared after payment of nominal penalties.

Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf chief Imran Khan had immediately rejected the scheme saying such measures are “created to benefit the corrupt” and have never worked in Pakistan.

Earlier, Pakistan People’s Party and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf rejected the amnesty scheme announced by the Prime Minster Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Thrusday evening.Former Chairman Senate and the leader of the PPP, Raza Rabbani termed the amnesty scheme announced by PM, as license to earn black money. He said PPP strongly condemns the amnesty scheme announced by the govt.The Spokesperson of the PTI,Fawad Chaudhry said that Govt wants to facilitate the people, who have earned black money through this scheme.

Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi announced the tax amnesty scheme on thrusday evening and said that it is for those who are not paying income tax amid to increase tax base and revenue.Addressing a press conference in the federal capital after a meeting of the Economic Advisory Council ended earlier today, said a decision had been taken to introduce a five-point amendments package on income tax.

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He said that the lower number of tax payers were causing problems, therefore the amnesty scheme was an effort to increase tax collection.

He announced a tax amnesty scheme for non-payers, however, clarified that politically exposed persons and their families were not eligible to benefit from the scheme. The amnesty scheme is valid till June.

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