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Not a people’s budget – Dr Ikramul Haq

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Fixing of unachievable tax target for the FBR represents continuation of past legacies that relied on ill-directed, illogical, regressive and unfair taxes. Such skewered...

Provinces and unconstitutional taxation – Dr Ikramul Haq

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Any provincial assembly that imposes legislation that includes levy of any tax or duty — yielding extra-territorial impact and involving entities operating on trans-provincial...

When will Pakistan have a pro-people budget? – Dr Ikramul Haq

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A student recently asked me to outline an ideal people-friendly budget. My answer was and remains this: it should boast long-term vision for growth...

Pakistan, the IMF and debtocracy – Dr Ikramul Haq

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All indicators show that our successive governments, including the incumbent one, due to imprudent economic and tax policies, have pushed Pakistan into chronic, unremitting,...

Averting fiscal disaster – Dr Ikramul Haq

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The coalition government of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) is facing fiscal disaster as evident from Summary of Consolidated Federal and Provincial Fiscal Operations,...

Illicit cigarette trade – Dr Ikramul Haq

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“Only two companies pay 98 percent of total tax . The remaining 40 percent companies pay meagre two percent tax” – Prime...

Resolve for Pakistan – Dr Ikramul Haq

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The resolution of March 23, 1940 paved the way for a separate homeland for the Muslims of India after a long-drawn struggle against colonial...

FATF: FBR’s challenges – Dr Ikramul Haq

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In June 2021, Pakistan is going to face yet another review of its remaining compliance of three action items, out of total 27 under...

Governing badly, expecting miracles! — 3 – Dr Ikramul Haq

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As two-thirds of the tax collected is in the form of indirect taxes and one-fourth of the entire amount comes from petroleum and petroleum...

Fiscal reforms agenda — 3 – Dr Ikramul Haq

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The Government of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI), contrary to its election promises, after coming into power, has failed to undertake all-out reforms to restructure the...