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Polls: The Broader View

Polls: the broader view

Elections are due in a couple of months and one of the questions being asked is whether they would be an exercise in futility. I think not, even though nothing…

A Law In Defiance Of The SC

A law in defiance of the SC

The Sindh Assembly has passed a law on February 21, forming the provincial higher education commission to control the provincial universities. At present the Higher Education Commission (HEC) that was…

Sordid Story Of Tax Frauds – III

Sordid story of tax frauds – III

During 2003-2007, one tax official used different techniques to issue illegal refunds in several cases without any check by any agency. It was found that the accused official during his…

New Bailout Package

New bailout package

The government, at the fag end of its tenure, has reportedly invited International Monetary Fund (IMF) for negotiating a three-year bailout programme. It is a rather surprising move, especially its…

Revolution Awards

Revolution awards

Ladies and gentlemen I welcome you all to the Pakistan container revolution awards. Every year we bring you a new revolution at odd timings, but this year was particularly special.…

Tax Amnesty For Whom?

Tax amnesty for whom?

The Political and Strategy Committee (PSC) of Pakistan Tahreek-i-Insaf (PTI), in a meeting held under its Chairman Imran has expressed deep concern over the introduction of Tax Laws (Amendment) Bill…

New Bailout Package

New bailout package

The government, at the fag end of its tenure, has reportedly invited International Monetary Fund (IMF) for negotiating a three-year bailout programme. It is a rather surprising move, especially its…

March Madness In January

March madness in January

Considered the usual month for political madness in Pakistan, March came early this year, the turmoil complicated by election-year factors. The obstacles of the federal and Punjab governments notwithstanding, the…

Beyond Reform?

Beyond reform?

Since the start of World Bank funded Tax Administration Reforms Programme (TARP), FBR has been making tall claims about its automation efforts. All the chairmen of FBR, who headed the…

Sheer Ignorance Of Law?

Sheer ignorance of law?

Ignorantia juris non excusat or ignorantia legis neminem excusat (Latin for "ignorance of the law does not excuse" or "ignorance of the law excuses no one") is a legal principle…