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PM warns tax evaders to declare assets or face action

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ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday asked the tax evaders to declare their financial assets, within the country and abroad, before June 30 or be ready for an indiscriminate action.

The Prime Minister in a televised address to the nation said this government had an unprecedented in-depth information about the assets of the citizens including their bank accounts, real estate and benami (in the name of another person) transactions and thus would not spare anyone who does not declare them before June 30.
The government is to present the Budget 2019-20 on Tuesday.
The Prime Minister said the government had bilateral agreements with several countries on information-sharing and also had information received from the intelligence agencies.
He mentioned that in 10 years, the country’s total debt and liabilities rose from Rs six trillion to Rs 30 trillion and regretted that half of the amount collected from tax – Rs two trillion out of Rs four trillion- was being spent on the paying the debts of previous
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Imran Khan said Pakistanis were one of the ‘most charitable nations’ in the world, but they were also the ‘least tax payers’.
“I appeal to you that come forward as we are able to collect Rs 10 trillion rupees from your contribution,” he told the nation, adding that a passion for the uplift of the country could revive the national economy currently facing challenges.
The Prime Minister called upon the nation to bring reformation within them, register to tax culture and take benefit from the Asset Declaration Scheme to make the country financially stable and strong.
“Benefit yourselves from this scheme and also give benefit to your country by taking it out of the reigns of poverty,” he stressed the nation.
The Assets Declaration Scheme was announced earlier this month by Adviser to the Prime Minister on Finance Dr Abdul Hafeez Shaikh which allows citizens to declare assets including benami accounts and properties to get proper legalization.

 

 

 

 

 

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‘Strikes and match are two different things, don’t compare them’: DG ISPR tells India

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ISLAMABAD: Major General Asif Ghafoor, while responding to Indian Home Minister Amit Shah’s congratulatory message to Kohli XI after their win over Pakistan in the World Cup clash has said that comparing cricket and strikes was not a ‘good thing’.

Shah, in his message to the India cricket team, said: “Another strike on Pakistan by Team India and the result is same. Congratulations to the entire team for this superb performance. Every Indian is feeling proud and celebrating this impressive win.”

Shah was referring to the aerial combat between India and Pakistan in February, which happened after Indian aircraft on Feb 26 carried out an airstrike on what it alleged was a “terrorist training camp” in Pakistan.

“Dear Amit Shah, yes your team won a match. Well played. Two things with different denominators can’t be compared, so are strikes and match,” responded Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor via his personal Twitter account.

DG ISPR went on to add: “If in doubt please see results of our Nowshera counter strikes and response to IAF [Indian Air Force] violation on 27 Feb 19 downing two Indian jets. Stay Surprised.”

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PM takes notice of journalist Sami Ibrahim, Fawad Chaudhry altercation

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ISLAMABAD: The Prime Minister House has said that PM Imran Khan today took notice of the altercation between journalist Sami Ibrahim and Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry.

Last week, Ibrahim had filed a complaint in which he accused the minister of slapping him at a wedding. Subsequently, the Ministry of Science and Technology had issued a response, saying that the “incident” should not be treated as a “clash between two institutions but as a conflict between two individuals”.

According to the PM office statement, the premier has taken notice of the matter and spoke to the journalist over a telephone call.

“The leadership of the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf [PTI] does not support any personal action that hurts another person’s sentiments and self-respect,” the press release quoted the prime minister as saying.

“Government and the media are two essential parts of the democratic process,” said the premier in the statement.

 

 

 

 

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PM to announce probe commission chief today

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ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan will today announce the chairman of the commission set up to find out facts behind soaring of loans in the last 10 years.

The premier chaired a high-level meeting of the government spokespersons here to take them into confidence over the name of the high-powered probe commission chief.

During the meeting matters related to soaring loans in the last 10 years worth Rs24, 000 billion and other matters came into consideration.

Talking to media, after attending the meeting, Federal Minister for Ports and Shipping Ali Zaidi said who plunged country into the burden of heavy loans, who looted national exchequer will be revealed soon.

The commission will be comprised of officials from Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), National Accountability Bureau (NAB), Federal Investigation Agency (FIA), Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) and Federal Board of Revenue (FBR), he had said.

 

 

 

 

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