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Climate policy

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has launched the Office of Environmental Justice and External Civil Rights. The newly created office will work towards ensuring environmental justice and civil rights…

An attack on democracy

A possible long march by the PTI appears to be yet another desperate attempt by the former prime minister to destabilize the country. A cursory look at the past 25…

Why did Imran Khan fail?

Imran Khan’s background as a superstar cricketer and a philanthropist surely made him really popular but being a competitor at the highest level of a sport can adversely affect your…

Digital mode of payment

An amendment was introduced to the Income Tax Ordinance, 2001 (ITO) in September 2021, vide presidential ordinance by the now ousted government that requires corporate businesses to make payments of…

FBR: new chairman old challenges

On July 4, 2017, Tariq Mahmood Pasha, a seasoned grade-22 officer from Internal Revenue Service (IRS), assumed the charge of Chairman Federal Board of Revenue (FBR). The appointment of chairman from…

Tax bailout for economic revival

According to various Press reports, all businesses in Pakistan, as elsewhere, badly hit by lockdown in the wake of Covid-19 epidemic, are demanding a comprehensive tax bailout claiming that loan…

A simple tax bailout

As mentioned in the last column [Tax bailout for economic revival, Business Recorder, April 17, 2020], all businesses—badly hit by lockdown in the wake of Covid-19 epidemic and due to…

FBR: audit closure, capacity & legality

According to a Press report, the government of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) “has quietly closed over 310,000 tax audit cases that had been automatically selected from 2015 to 2017 due to…

IHC restores Dr Banuri as HEC chairman

A division bench of Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Tuesday restored Dr Tariq Javed Banuri on the post of chairman Higher Education Commission (HEC). Dr Banuri was appointed as the…

A tale of two islands

The details of the two-island (Bundal and Buddo) controversy have been discussed in the national media so exhaustively over the last one week that one can, without having to build…