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Apropos 'Attack on Aaj TV team' editorial carried by Business Recorder on Tuesday, it is indeed a matter of grave concern that a party led by a highly respected and celebrated Imran Khan has been faced with such an unsavoury situation. No doubt, his party has been clearly and unambiguously upholding the ideal of freedom of press and expression. Its KPK government has introduced a law to guarantee people's access to information.

Since August 7, Pakistan, especially the entire Punjab and the federal capital, are in a state of turmoil, which has disrupted life and its norms. This scenario is unlikely to change for an indefinite period. As a consequence, taxpayers - the bulk in Punjab - will find it impossible to complete the formalities necessary for filing credible tax returns. I personally experienced how difficult it is to get a certificate of income tax deducted at source by a corporate entity.
The Federal Tax Ombudsman's (FTO) jurisdiction is in relation to federal tax laws. All said, done and experienced, there is a superstructure to attend tax payers' grievances with reference to laws administered by FBR. There is an Appellate Tribunal, an ADR system, besides a battery of seasoned officers understanding fiscal laws, in the field and at FBR headquarter.
Apropos 'Tax revolt or tax justice' carried by Business Recorder on Friday, the writers have plausibly argued that Imran Khan's call for civil disobedience has proved not only impracticable but also widely rejected. According to them, "it confirms that our leaders act on impulses rather than on well-thought-for programmes and policies. Starting from challenging the credentials and legitimacy of a government, credibility of the voting process, he ended up for a call that amounts to undermining the entire State. As a leader he should have given a call for justice, taxing the rich for the benefit of the poor, growth and equity."
Apropos "Zardari holds a trump card" carried by Business Recorder yesterday, it is interesting to note that former President and Co-Chairperson Pakistan People's Party (PPP) Asif Ali Zardari is said to be having an advantage that makes him more likely to succeed than other politicians to help resolve the current turmoil in the country.
Apropos 'Germany sues Swiss bank over vanished East German cash' carried by Business Recorder yesterday, it is interesting to note that Germany suing one of Switzerland's largest banks in its bid to recuperate hundreds of million euros that went missing during the reunification of East and West Germany. The bank has reportedly was being sued by Germany for 110 million Swiss francs (91 million euros, $120 million), plus interest, over allegations a bank it later bought had allowed cash to be withdrawn illegally.
How ironic it is that there still exists a profoundly dangerous deadlock, although Wednesday's developments were found to be quite encouraging, giving birth to hope. It was heartening to note that Imran Khan had opened negotiations on Wednesday with the government, in an effort to end protests against the prime minister and overcome a political impasse. Both Imran and PAT chief Tahirul Qadri made it quite clear that they had not shut the door on negotiations. They showed flexibility only after military said the government and protesters should engage in a 'meaningful' dialogue and warned that key government institutions were under its protection.


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