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Of The Taxpayers’ List

Of the taxpayers’ list

On April 15, Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) uploaded on its website a gigantic list of taxpayers. According to the preface of that list (written by the Finance Minister) "this…

Party Meetings At Taxpayers Expense!

Party meetings at taxpayers expense!

When a political party comes into power and starts running day-to-day governmental affairs, it is required to conduct itself in a responsible manner - demonstrating transparency and accountability in all…

An IMF budget or not?

Several prominent federal ministers publicly stated that the taxation measures approved by parliament on 28 June were prior conditions of the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF’s) “successor” loan to the nine-month-long…

Regressive taxes, neglected reforms

Pakistan’s reliance on bilateral, trilateral, and friendly countries to fulfill its financial requirements not only undermines its sovereignty, but also intensifies the hardships of its citizens. Despite engaging in numerous…

Taxation in Pakistan: taxing the untaxed elites

Chris Matthews’s famous quote “Paying tax is not a punishment. It’s a responsibility”. Most developed countries with a simple and efficient tax system enjoyed higher GDP growth, investment and employment…

What’s the deal with our solar policy?

In the intricate dance between policy formulation and economic stability, the narrative of local investors and consumers emerges as a poignant tale of uncertainty and disillusionment. The saga surrounding net…

How to manage this education emergency

Pakistan’s prime minister’s declaration of an education emergency is a long-overdue recognition of the severe state of the nation’s education system. However, while well-intentioned, the 14-point plan released by the…

The issue of trust deficit

Amidst protests by the opposition, Finance Minister Muhammad Aurangzeb rolled out with relative calm the national budget 2024-25 at the National Assembly. This budget, by all norms, can be termed “business…

The FY25 budget

“I am from the corporate world”, Muhammad Aura ngzeb, Federal Finance Minister, proudly stated in a post-budget interaction on a private channel – pride, one may assume, for his experience…