Economy (ICCI organize pre-budget discussion)

Islamabad: Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ICCI) in collaboration with ACCA Pakistan organised a pre-budget discussion in Chamber House to advocate for healthy fiscal measures in the country.

The event commenced with welcome remarks from Mr Malik Mirza, CFO, U Microfinance Bank and Chairman, Members Network Panel, ACCA Pakistan, who set the tone for a fair taxation system in the country.

He highlighted the essentials required for growth namely transparency, certainty and sharing of the tax burden. ACCA Budget proposals were shared by Munir Malik, Member Fair Taxation Subcommittee, Members Network Panel, ACCA Pakistan and financial controller, Premier Oil.

Abdullah Yusuf, chairman, IPPAC commented on the overall economic and fiscal policy measures that should be adopted for the betterment of the country. He termed fiscal and trade deficits as two major issues of the economy and stressed for resource mobilization through automating and systematizing tax system.

He said removing all exemptions, formulating equitable & across the board tax policies, reducing tax rates and expanding tax base should be the way forward approach of policymakers to improve the tax revenue.

Mian Ayyaz Afzal, Managing Director, Islamabad Stock Exchange said our financial literacy rate is just 0.3% and an amount of Rs.10-billion is lying unclaimed that should be spent on the education of investors, which will help in boosting capital market and improving tax revenue.

Government should take policy measures to facilitate enlisting of SMEs on stock exchanges in order to promote investment and expand tax base.

Shaban Khalid, President ICCI presented recommendations on increasing tax net and highlighted confidence building measures.

He said government should take business community on board in budget making process and facilitate those in documentation who voluntarily want to come into the tax net. Tax laws and procedures should be simplified as complicated taxation system is a discouraging factor for taxpayers.

Ms Ayla Majid, director business advisory services, Khalid Majid Rehman Chartered Accountants and an active ACCA Member gave the commentary on the business perspective the budget should take.

The seminar concluded with a vote of thanks from Noor Aftab, head of ACCA Pakistan and was attended by economists, employers and members from the business and financial fraternity.

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6o terrorists killed during air strikes

Rawalpindi: On confirmed intelligence reports, air strikes were carried out on terrorist’s hideouts in North Waziristan Agency on Wednesday morning.

As per reports so far, 60 hardcore terrorists including some of the important commanders and foreigners were also killed in the strikes and around 30 were injured.

Huge cache of arms and ammunition including IED making explosive material has also been destroyed in the strikes, said a statement of the ISPR

It may be mentioned here that since last few weeks large number of civilians and security forces personnel have embraced shahadat due to various terrorists’ acts of IED blasts and suicide attacks in FATA, KPK and Karachi.

Intelligence reports and other investigations confirmed the linkage of these terrorists’ acts with terrorists targeted today who were hiding in North Waziristan Agency.

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