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Tax advisory body set-up,says parliamentary secretary

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Published: March 26, 2014 02:02 pm

ISLAMABAD: Accommodating the opinion  of others and showing flexibility in one’s viewpoint is the beauty of democracy. The same has been reflected during the 2nd sitting of the ongoing National Assembly session on Tuesday  when the House unanimously  adopted a resolution to reduce indirect taxation and witnessed the introduction of five bills.

Tabled by PTI lawmaker Asad Umar,the House unanimously adopted a resolution to reduce indirect taxation in the country. Thirteen lawmakers held debate on the resolution for an hour and 45 minutes. The Parliamentary Secretary for Finance, Rana Muhammad Afzal Khan, briefed the House on the steps taken by the government to widen tax net and said that a tax advisory committee has been established to address the issue of non-payment of taxes by affluent class.

The lawmakers emphasized the need for strengthening the taxation system and increasing tax base to Gross Domestic Product (GDP) ratio to achieve self-reliance. They were of the view that the share of direct taxes should be enhanced to give relief to the poor segment of the society
and achieve development goals.

Rana Afzal said the economy has started showing positive indicators, which has also been endorsed by the international financial institutions. He said the government has also started reducing the burden of loans and returned six percent the foreign loans this year. Defending the Tax Amnesty Scheme, the parliamentary secretary said the government has to take practical steps to put the economy on the right track.

Asiya Nasir, a female legislator of JUI-F, introduced the Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2014, seeking amendment in Article
51. The bill aims at increasing the minority reserved seats from 10 to 16 in the National Assembly.

Female lawmaker of PML-N Marvi Memon moved the Prohibition of Corporal Punishment Bill, 2014, to make provisions for prohibition of corporal punishment against children. Tabling the bill, she said the corporal punishment or physical or psychological punishment is rampant in our schools and also found in care institutions.

The bill seeks to eliminate corporal punishment from the country. Another female lawmaker of PML-N, Tahira Aurangzeb, moved the Disabled Persons Employment and Rehabilitation (Amendment) Bill, 2014. She urged the government to ensure implementation of current two percent quota reserved for the disabled in government jobs. JUI-F legislator Maulana Ameer Zaman introduced the Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2014, seeking amendment in Article 198.

Giving salient features of the bill, the Maulana said a Balochistan High Court Bench should be established in Loralai to provide cheap justice to the people of the area and adjacent places. He said people have to go to Quetta for pursuing High Court cases and it is necessary to ease the difficulties of the poor and give them justice, therefore, a High Court Bench be established in Loralai. Female legislator of PML-N moved the Child Marriage Restraint (Amendment) Bill, 2014.

Minister for Religious Affairs Sardar Muhammad Yousaf wanted to incorporate recommendations of the Council of Islamic Ideology (CII) in the bill but the Chairman CII, Moulana Muhammad Khan Sherani, who is also a lawmaker of JUI-F, opposed the bill and termed it contrary to the injunctions of Islam. He said according to Islamic laws the marriage can be solemnised when a girl attains puberty. Maulana Sherani also quoted the example of the era of Holy Prophet (Peace be Upon Him).

He said the Parliament could not legislate such laws which are against the teachings of Quran and Sunnah. However, Maulana Ameer Zaman was of the view that this is an Islamic issue and should be referred to the Council of Islamic Ideology for perusal. Speaker National Assembly, Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, referred all the five bills to the Standing Committees on Law and Justice for further discussion, improvement and input of the relevant institutions.

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