Sameer Nazir
Sindh Revenue Board (SRB) achieved another milestone by collecting Sindh sales tax of Rs.42.485 billion during the financial year 2013-14, which includes the figure of Rs.3.089 billion of Sindh sales tax which was inadvertently and incorrectly deposited by the taxpayers with FBR.
The collection of Rs.42.485 billion during 2013-14 represents an increase of Rs.8.832 billion or (+) 26.25% over the collection of Rs.33.653 during 2013-14.
Another milestone was also achieved by collecting sales tax of Rs.4 billion during the month of June, 2014, which represents the highest ever collection during any month since July, 2011.
It is pertinent that SRB started collecting Sindh sales tax on services from July 01, 2011, before which Sindh sales tax on services was collected by FBR. As against the Sindh sales tax collection of Rs.15.356 billion by FBR during 2010-11, the revenue of Rs.42.485 collected by SRB during 2013-14 represents an increase of Rs.27.129 billion.
SRB attributes this milestone performance and success to the continued trust, confidence and cooperation of its taxpayers, to the extra-ordinary devotion and dedication of SRB staff and to the continued support that it received from Sindh Government.
SRB is committed to continue making relentless efforts and also to continue assistance and facilitation to taxpayers with a view to achieving the ambitious target of Rs.49 billion for the year 2014-15.

Pasban e Pakistan opposes giving more teeth to corrupt, brutal police

Sameer Nazir
Pasban e Pakistan President Altaf Shakoor here Thursday criticized the Pakistan Protection Bill, saying it needs no new bills but to make the police department clean from cruel, corrupt and inefficient people.
In a statement issued here, he said to protect life and property is the basic responsibility of the sitting government, for which effective policing system is necessary. He said it is no more a secret that our police is marring with corruption. He said the police bosses have accepted before the court that there are politically-motivated recruitment in the department. He said giving this ill-equipped and inefficient police unlimited powers under the Pakistan Protection Bill would likely to backfire. He said we smell a rat and feel there is a conspiracy somewhere.
Altaf Shakoor said Pakistan needs no harsher laws but harsher steps to purge police from the deadwood. He said political parties including Jamaat e Islami and Jamait Ulema e Islam have opposed the bill, while Pakistan Tehreek e Insaf has boycotted it. He asked why PPPP, PML-N, MQM and other political parties who had opposed this bill in the beginning supported this law. He said Pasban e Pakistan would raise a strong voice against the law and launch a country-wide protest after Eidul Fitre.
He said Pakistan has already been facing a huge problem of missing people and giving the legal right to law enforcers to arrest any suspect without a warrant would certainly fuel the issue. He requested all political parties of Pakistan to let the sanity prevail. He said respect of fundamental rights and liberties of citizens as guaranteed by the constitution of Pakistan should not be compromised. He said no one opposes crushing the criminals and terrorists, but that could only be done through a honest, efficient and professional police, and not by giving new teeth to our criminally brutal, corrupt and inefficient police.

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