PM calls for restructuring and reforming tax regime to facilitate businesses in the country

Post Senate elections fallout, PM to seek vote of confidence in NA Today


ISLAMABAD, Prime Minister Imran Khan Friday called for structuring and reforming the tax regime to facilitate the common man and businesses to help the economy grow.

Chairing a meeting on tax reforms here on Friday he said the objective of tax reform was to make the tax code simple, plug existing loopholes in the system and reduce discretionary powers of tax collectors and tax practitioners.

Prime Minister Imran Khan called for introducing automation to ensure transparency of the tax system. He also directed to especially focus on the issue of flying invoices.

The meeting was attended by Federal Ministers Makhdoom Khusro Bakhtiar, Dr. Abdul Hafeez Sheikh, Asad Umar, Hammad Azhar; Advisers Abdul Razzak Dawood and Dr. Ishrat Hussain; Special Assistants Dr. Waqar Masood, Tabish Gohar and Nadeem Babar, Chairman Board of Investment and other senior officials.
Prime Minister Imran Khan has expressed the determination to continue his struggle for rule of law and purging the country of corruption.

Addressing the nation on Radio and Television, he described the opposition parties’ use of undemocratic tactics to get Syed Yusuf Raza Gillani elected on a Senate seat in a move to pressurize him.

The Prime Minister announced that he is going to take a vote of confidence from the National Assembly tomorrow.

He said as voting on the confidence motion will be open, even the Members belonging to the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf can vote against him and if they do not support him, he will go to the opposition benches.

Imran Khan expressed his conviction that Pakistan is bound to emerge as a great nation in accordance with the dreams of its founding fathers.

He said if there was an open ballot, the PTI’s candidate would have been elected on general seat from the Federal Capital.

Imran Khan regretted that despite agreeing on the holding of Senate elections through open ballot in the Charter of Democracy, Pakistan People’s Party and the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz opposed the idea to pave the way for corruption.

The Prime Minister also regretted that the Election Commission of Pakistan, which was responsible for transparent Senate elections, also favoured secret ballot during the Supreme Court proceedings.

He said the corrupt leaders made billions of rupees through commissions and kickbacks in major power and other development projects, and stashed the same abroad, putting the country under heavy debt.

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