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The food ministry never issued import permits for Indian mango pulp

The government didn’t issue any import permits for expired Indian mango pulp, Federal Minister for National Food Security and Research Sahabzada . Speaking to SAMAA TV on its show Naya Din on Friday, he said neither the Department of Plant Protection nor the Plant Protection Release Order issued any import permits for the entry of expired Indian mango pulp in the country.He said the ministry is taking up the matter with the Federal Board of Revenue and Punjab food authorities to find out what happened and take action. “Our department has no information regarding the import, however, the mango pulp might have been imported illegally,” said Sultan.

He said the National Food Security and Research Ministry’s job is to only control imports and issue permits. “Our job is only to control and issue the permits for imports, which in this case we have not.We are now taking up the matter with the FBR and Punjab food authorities to control and cease its distribution to other cities of Pakistan.”Related: Pakistan doesn’t consume tomatoes from India Earlier in a letter to the ministry, All Pakistan Fruits and Vegetable Exporters, Importers and Merchants Association Patron-in-Chief Waheed Ahmed said that some officials in the Import Clearance Department of the Pakistan Customs had allowed the import of Indian mango pulp from Oman.
The product was rejected by Oman because it was expired.“And now the same product is being supplied to various cities in Punjab via trucks after travelling through Sindh,” said Ahmed on Naya Din.“Around 200 to 250 tons of Indian mango pulp packed in blue drums with a pasted packing list of expiry dates of December 12, 2018, and January 2019 was found in Faisalabad,” he said. The association chief mentioned that the expired product was dangerous for human consumption and in extreme cases could result in death.

Recently, numerous incidences of death have been reported due to consumption of expired food in restaurants and hotels.“Expired mango pulp and the concentrate is also a source of spreading major diseases among consumers leading to human sufferings and deaths,” the letter read, adding that expired mango pulp can be used to make juices and jams.We don’t need your tomatoes, Punjab agriculture minister tells IndiaAhmed said that “the illegal import of Indian product is also a threat to the local industry as earlier smaller sized mangos from Pakistan were used to make the pulp.” He remarked that agricultural imports from India pose a threat to Pakistan’s economy and local pulp industry.

“Pakistan is an agricultural country and has invested heavily to not only meet local demand but also earned valuable foreign exchange through export in international markets,” he said.The Pakistan Fruits and Vegetable Exporters, Imports and Merchants Association patron-in-chief urged the government to find those responsible for “playing with human lives” and thoroughly investigate the matter.
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Tareen tops list of lawmakers paying taxes in 2017

ISLAMABAD: The top ten parliamentarians in terms of their tax contributions paid Rs322 million in taxes, equal to 60% of total taxes paid by all members of the parliament in tax year 2017, raising questions whether lawmakers were fulfilling their moral,
Former member of National Assembly (MNA) Jahangir Khan Tareen paid Rs97.3 million in income tax, which was the highest paid by any national lawmaker in 2017, according to a tax directory for the year released by the government on Friday.Tareen’s tax contribution was equal to 18.2 per cent of the total taxes paid by 423 members of parliament. His numbers also showed an 81 per cent increase in his tax contribution from the previous year, when he was also the country’s highest tax contributor.
Imran reiterates resolve to hold everyone accountableSkewed numbersExcluding these ten members, the average tax contributions by the remaining 413 members of the National Assembly and the Senate paid Rs212 million in taxes – an average of Rs513,000 per parliamentarian.Such a poor tax contribution does not commensurate with the life styles of these worthy members of the Parliament, a fact that was acknowledged by Finance Minister Asad Umar on Wednesday.
True VIPs are those who pay taxes, says PM ImranBy including the tax contributions of top ten parliamentarians, the average per parliamentarian tax contribution would jump to Rs1.26 million, which does not present realistic picture.
Crests and troughsThe tax contributions by former premier Nawaz Sharif and incumbent Prime Minister Imran Khan also nosedived in tax year 2017, which was the fiscal year 2016-17. Few weeks after the end of that fiscal year, Nawaz was removed by the Supreme Court in the Panama Papers case.
Presumably, his tax returns were filed after he was ousted from power. Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif paid just Rs 263,173 in taxes in 2017, as against Rs 2.52 million paid in the preceding  year.Meanwhile, PM Imran was a member of National Assembly from a Rawalpindi constituency at that time.
He paid a paltry sum of Rs 103,763 in income tax, which was less than by 35% or Rs 55,0000.Overall, there was an upward trend in tax contributions by members of parliament.
The fifth tax directory of parliamentarians showed that national lawmakers, including members of the federal cabinet, paid Rs535 million in taxes during tax year 2017 – up by Rs139 million or 35 per cent The tax contributions by the members of the Senate increased to Rs254 million – up by 14 per cent. MNAs paid over Rs281 million during tax year 2016, an increase of 26 per cent.But a significant number of parliamentarians were still paying far below their potential, showed the tax directory. Many of them paid Rs138,573 annual tax, which suggested that they paid taxes only on the income that the earned as member of the National Assembly or the Senate.
The tax directories for fiscal year 2016-17 that ended in June 2017 were released by Minister of State for Revenue Hammad Azhar. Tax year 2017 was the fourth year of the PML-N term but the directories were released after a lag of over one year.The numbers of total taxpayers increased by over 34 per cent in tax year 2017, said Federal Board of Revenue Chairman Jehanzeb Khan while speaking at the launch ceremony.Overall, out of a total 1,169 members of the Senate, the National Assembly and the four provincial assemblies, as many as 98 legislators did not file their tax returns.
Under the law, filing the income tax return is binding on every citizen who earns more than Rs400,000 per annum and non-filer parliamentarians may face serious consequence, provided FBR plays its due role.Six senators and 17 MNAs did not file their annual income tax returns.Top taxpayers in parliamentSenator Rozi Khan Kakar paid Rs40.9 million in income tax, which was lower by Rs9 million over the preceding year.
Senator Taj Mohammad Afridi paid Rs29.4 million, which was less than his previous contribution of Rs35.3 million. Senator Muhammad Talha Mehmood paid Rs43.2 million, which was higher by 33%. Senator Aitzaz Ahsan paid Rs25.9 million, showing an increase of 86.3%.Senator Ishaq Dar paid Rs9.4 million and Senator Farogh Naseem paid Rs27.9 million in income tax, which was higher by 37.5%.Senator Farooq H Naek paid Rs11 million in income tax.Among the members of the National Assembly, MNA Sheikh Fayyaz uddin paid Rs14 million in income tax, MNA Isphanyar Bhandara paid Rs22.95 million income tax.Former Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif paid Rs10.3 million in income tax, which was higher by nearly 9%.Former PM Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, who owns a controlling stake in Air Blue, paid Rs3.1 million in income tax, higher than the previous year. Finance Minister Asad Umar paid Rs4.85 million in income tax in 2017. Hamza Shehbaz Sharif paid Rs8.3 million income tax.Senator Rubina Khalid paid only Rs44,485 income tax, Senator Saleem Zia just Rs173,362.Former MNA Haji Ghulam Bilour paid Rs138,573 income tax, former Chief Minister KP, and MNA Amir Haider Hoti paid Rs168,586 in income tax. Sheikh Rashid Ahmad paid just Rs702,698 income tax.

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Shahid Khaqan Abbasi Is Among Pakistan’s Top 5 Tax-payers

According to a list issued by the FBR, the PML-N leader paid Rs 30 crore tax in a year becoming the fifth highest taxpayer. Islamabad (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News – 21st February, 2019) Former Prime Minister and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz .
Islamabad (Urdu Point / Pakistan Point News 21st February, 2019) Former Prime Minister and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Shahid Khaqan Abbasi is among the top five tax payers of the country.Shahid Khaqan Abbasi was the only member from Islamabad to pay the highest amount of tax.According to a list issued by the FBR, the PML-N leader paid Rs 30 crore tax in a year becoming the fifth highest taxpayer.
An awards distribution ceremony dedicated to the top tax payers was held in Islamabad on Wednesday.Prime Minister Imran was the guest of honour on the occasion and awarded the tax-payers.The former prime minister, however, did not attend the ceremony despite an invitation from the government. He stated that he did not want to receive an award from a government that itself does not pay tax.Talking to tv channels, Abbasi said that this is not something new as he has been paying his taxes for the last 32 years.He said that it is illegal for the Federalboard of Revenue to make the list public as it is confidential information. Shahid Khaqan Abbasi is the owner of Air Blue, a private airline. He is one of the richest parliamentarians in Pakistan owning a house in Islamabad, a restaurant business, and land properties in Murree besides Air Blue.

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Tax collection from profit on government securities falls 25pc

KARACHI: Withholding tax collection from banks’ income on government papers sharply fell 25 percent to Rs1.37 billion in the first seven months of the current fiscal year of 2018/19 as the government’s propensity to borrow from the central bank for .
37 billion in the first seven months of the current fiscal year of 2018/19 as the government’s propensity to borrow from the central bank for budgetary financing during the period lowered the revenue, sources said on Friday.The collection of withholding tax from banking profit on investment into government securities amounted to Rs1.83 billion in the corresponding period of the last fiscal year.The sources said the government changed the borrowing pattern for budget financing during the period to the central bank from commercial banks.The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) collects 10 percent on profit gained by institutions on investment in government papers, including short-term and long-term treasury bills.
The State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) also acknowledged the decline in government borrowing from commercial banks last year.The central bank said budgetary borrowings from the banking system remained subdued during the July-September quarter last year, as the fiscal deficit was predominantly funded by domestic non-bank sources as well as external borrowings.Within the banking system, the government extensively borrowed from SBP, primarily to repay a large volume of its maturing debt held by the commercial banks, the SBP said in a quarterly report.From January last year, the central bank started raising its key policy rate after keeping it on hold since May 2016.The interest rate was raised by 450 basis points to 10.25 percent in back-to-back hikes.
Tax officials said the return on investment of banking system would go up with increases in interest rates and it would subsequently push up the tax collection from the withholding tax head.The collection of withholding tax from banking deposits, however, sharply increased 221 percent in the July-January period and offset the decline in tax collection from profit on government securities.The FBR collected Rs 835 million from profit on debt (bank deposits) during the first seven months of the current fiscal year compared with Rs260 million in the corresponding period of the last fiscal year. Deposits of the banking system significantly increased during the first seven months of the current fiscal year.Deposits of banking system increased 8.8 percent to Rs13.057 trillion till end of January. They stood at Rs 12.002 trillion a year ago.The overall collection of withholding tax from profit on debts increased five percent to Rs2.415 billion during the July-January period. The figure was Rs2.31 billion in the corresponding period of the last fiscal year.

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