Peshawar: Complaining about forcibly collection of illegal taxes at various bus adda and stands, transporters in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa have demanded the provincial government and relevant authorities to take stern action against transport mafia, and ensure implementation of taxes as per scheduled rates.
Speaking at a news conference at press club here on Monday, Insaf Public Transport Owners Association (IPTOA) Khyber Pakhtunkhwa president, Ziaur Rahman said that the transporters are being charged with six percent high taxes against the scheduled rates by the mafia at Peshawar bus adda. He said that it was completely unjust with poor transporters community. He said the issue was raised several occasion with authorities concerned, but not to avail.
Mr Rahman said that transport mafia being forcibly collected with connivance of police personnels. He said the practice of illegal collection of taxes had started during last several years. He, however, regretted the authorities have been reluctant to take action against them, despite the clear directives of superior courts into the matter. He said the step was directly affecting poor commuters, so, he demanding the notice should be taken into the matter at earliest.
Flanked by the association vice president Mohammad Mudasir Khan, general secretary Tahir Ali Bangahs, Haji Akhtar Gul, Syed Musarrat Shah, and others, the association president urged the authorities to restrict contractors that they should collect taxes at entry point of the Peshawar bus adda, while ensuring collection of taxes as per scheduled rates.
Mr Rahman further asked the tax collection process should be legalized, according to him, no contract was awarded to any firm for longer period, due which transport mafia continuously harassing and forcibly being collected illegal taxes on gunpoint, he alleged. He suggested the provincial transport authority (PTA) and relevant department should collect all taxes at various bus adda and stands, till awarding fresh contract to any firm.
The association president urged the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf chairman Imran Khan, Chief Minister Pervez Khattak, to issue directives regarding collection of taxes at entry point of bus adda in provincial capital by following the decision of Peshawar High Court in the relevant matter. He said the provincial government timely reaction against transport mafia, would get relief to poor commuters and transporters.
The transporters also strongly supported the ongoing provincial government drive against encroachment in the provincial capital. They expressed hope that it should also take steps for elimination of transport mafia, occupied at various bus adda and stands in the province. They demanded the notice should be taken into the issue, to prevent transporters from huge financial losses and also avoid any confrontation situations.
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