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FBR directed to facilitate people: Asad Umer

FBR directed to facilitate people: Asad Umer

ISLAMABAD: Minister for Finance Asad Umer has said the present government had issued directions to federal board of revenue (FBR) to facilitate people in order to expand tax network.

The present government of PTI had reduced the burden over common man, while the previous government of PML-N had increased taxes on those items which were necessary for common man, he said talking to a private news channel.

The PTI government had imposed heavy taxes on luxury cars and expensive mobile phones, while taxes had been reduced for those using less gas units. The government had also brought down the taxes on petroleum products, he added.

Notices had been issued to 169 non-tax filers, he said, adding more notices would be issued to those not filing the tax returns. The circle against tax evaders would be extended.

About privatization of PIA and PSM, he said the entities would not be privatized. Electricity system would be improved in days to come, he added.

Despite economic crisis, the government was facilitating the export industries.

To a question, Asad Umer said no discussion was being done with IMF regarding taking loan.

The PTI government had asked the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for heavy investment in Pakistan in various sectors.

Discussion was also underway regarding investment in different sectors including oil refinery and Gwadar projects with Saudi the government, he said.

To another question, he said the Balochistan government would be invited for the agreement on “Reqo Dik”.

He said China did not have any objection on induction of the new partners in CPEC, adding it was the project of Pakistan and China and both the friendly countries would take decisions together regarding CPEC.