[News] Imposition of Tax in Gilgit-Baltistan Postponed for 2 Months

Monitoring Desk: The government has postponed imposition of income tax in Gilgit-Baltistan for two months. The reason are lack of clarity to use funds collected through the taxes between government of Gilgit-Baltistan and Federal Govt. of Pakistan. It has been learned that the Giglit-Baltistan Govt. has proposed that 80% of the tax income should be provided to the it so that it could be invested for the development projects of the region and 20 % should be given to federal govt.

Giglit-Baltistan Govt. has proposed that 80% of the tax income

should be provided to the it so that it could be invested for

the development projects of the region and 20 %

should be given to federal govt.

However, in Giglit-Baltistan people are not in favor of providing any share of the income tax to the federal government because neither constitutional nor morally federal government has any right over the income of the Gilgit-Baltistan as it is not part of the Pakistan constitutionally. The government of Pakistan is already earning huge amounts of income from Gilgit-Baltistan in form of indirect taxes, tourism, China Trade, Mineral and Water of which it is spending only a very minimal amount in Gilgit-Baltistan.

One Response to [News] Imposition of Tax in Gilgit-Baltistan Postponed for 2 Months

  1. TAQDIR ALI KHAN ADVOCATE AND LEGAL ADVISOR TO DAWN MEDIA GROUP says:

    IMPOSITION OF TAX ON THE PEOPLE OF GB.
    The Gilgit-Baltistan government has, reportedly, decided to impose income tax in the region. According to sources, the income tax regime will come into action from the first day of November, which is also the independence day of Gilgit-Baltistan region. Ist of all the people of Gilgit Baltistan (GB) should be given their rights and the GB should must be included constitutionally in the territories of Pakistan. Once can easily understand that GB is not part of Pakistan in terms of article 1 of the Constitution of Islam Republic of Pakistan. In this article the areas i.e. territories of Pakistan has been defined but there is no wordings about the GB which means constitutionally we are not part of Pakistan. The successive governments have played their double role, in one hand we are said to be Pakistanies and Shaheed Lalak Jan had been awarded the highest military award NISHAN E HYDER but at the same time his son is being deprived of his right to file a constitutional petition under article 199 just because of un-constitutionals status and his petition out rightly be dismissed for want of his unconstitutional status, is this not a joke with the people of GB.

    In the larger interest of the people of GB ist of all the status of GB should must be declared and a proper province should must be declared by making necessary amendments in the existing constitution of Islamic Republic of Pakistan, by giving proper seats in the National Assembly and Senet, and the territory of GB should be included in article 1 of the Constitution of Islamic Republic of Pakistan. Although through some reforms the GB is given status of a province, Chief Minister and other so called ministries are there without having any substantial powers, but this not enough awareness is there in the people of GB and now they cannot tolerate any more, if these grievances is fully addressed then imposition of income tax can be discussed. It is very irony that the people of GB are living below poverty line then how they can afford taxes and or cesses which is being planned by the present government of GB. Otherwise the innocent people of GB now cannot afford any deprivation being meted with the people of the very sensitive area, now it is high time to take into confidence the people of GB otherwise they have many options. It is on record that the forefathers of the people of GB had liberated this beautiful homeland from the Dogras specially the people of Yasin and District Ghizar who played very important role and it is evident that the Raja Gohar Aman specially played very important role. And after liberation they voluntarily acceded Pakistan with a hope they would be being at par with the rest of the people of Pakistan but unfortunately since last more that 6 decades we have been ignored, only lolypop is given to the people of “GB”. So without making any amendments in constitution imposition of tax would not be acceptable to the people of GB

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