India supporting ISIS in region to create chaos in Pakistan: PM


Prime Minister Imran Khan has said India is backing ISIS in the region to spread chaos in Pakistan by fanning sectarianism.

Interacting with digital media publishers and broadcasters in Islamabad today, he said Pakistan’s security agencies successfully preempted Indian plots to fan sectarianism.

Imran Khan said it is unfortunate that terrorists targeted Hazara workers in thinly populated area.

He said previous governments did not pay due attention to Balochistan and always preferred to form alliance with Baloch Chieftains, who became the biggest hurdle in transferring development funds to the grassroots level.

Prime Minister said PTI Government has focused the socio economic development of Balochistan to uplift the common citizens of the province who are facing extreme poverty.

Replying to a question, he said he is against giving NRO to those, who looted Pakistan’s wealth and plunged the country into the quagmire of debt.

He said Pakistan is passing through a defining moment and the social media has a great role in setting new standard of morality by exposing the plunderers

He said as a perennial purveyor of state-sponsored discrimination against its minorities, India is in no position to pontificate on the issue of minority rights elsewhere.

Prime Minister Imran Khan was told Sunday that tax receipts had surpassed Rs 2205 billion during first six months of current fiscal, manifesting the fruition of government’s taxation reforms.

charing a meeting to review the tax reforms, the prime minister was briefed that owing to tax reforms, a growth in number of taxpayers had been witnessed.

Federal Minister Abdul Hafeez Shaikh, Shibli Faraz and Hammad Azhar, Advisor to PM Dr Ishrat Hussain, Special Assistant on Revenue Dr Waqar Masood, Chairman of Federal Board of Revenue Javed Ghani and relevant senior officers attended the meeting, a PM Office press release said.

It was told that the tax collection was being automated and taxpayers were being given incentives. The automation of the taxation system would enhance transparency and reduce corruption and tax evasion.

The meeting was told that tax form had been made far easier for the small and medium enterprises by reducing its pages from five to one and entries from 200 to just 24.

The prime minister was told that owing to the introduction of direct link between FBR’s system and company through point of sale system, the receipt of sales tax had also increased.

The prime minister appreciated the federal ministers, SAPM on revenue and FBR chairman for bringing about taxation reforms.

The prime minister said that out of 220 million people in Pakistan only 3,000 pay 70 per cent taxes.

“Half of the taxes we [the government] collect go in debt settlement of loans taken by previous governments,” the PM reiterated.

“My life would be a lot easier if I give the opposition the National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO), but it would be disastrous for Pakistan,” he said.

PM Imran added that the country was at a decisive point. “Our exports were growing, the construction industry was thriving,” he said, adding that the service industry was still in crisis all over the world at the moment.

“When you cut expenses, you bring down the demand,” he said.

The prime minister further maintained that the only goal of Narendra Modi- led Indian government was to spread chaos in Pakistan.

On January 5, it was reported that filing of income tax returns (ITRs) has improved significantly during tax year 2020, according to a statement issued by the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR).

“Around 1.768 million taxpayers filed their income tax returns before the deadline ie December 8, 2020 while revenue received by FBR stood at Rs22 billion by this date,” it said.

“The number of filers has further increased to 2.316 million while tax collection rose to Rs43.6 billion till January 4, 2021, as compared to 2.181 million filers and collection of Rs28 billion during the corresponding period of the previous year, showing an increase of 55% in tax collection in current year.”

It is pertinent to mention that the number of income tax returns filed after the deadline of December 8, 2020 stood at 0.547 million and tax collection amount clocked in at Rs22 billion.






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