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Apropos Business Recorder's editorial 'Language diplomacy' carried by it on 18th Jan, it cannot be said with any degree of certainty that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's move will work in any meaningful manner. Sending Pushto-speaking Mehmood Khan Achakzai, Aftab Sherpao and Afrasiab Khattak to Kabul to meet Ashraf Ghani does not necessarily mean that these three would gel up well with the new Afghan President.

Through the courtesy of your columns I would like to bring to the notice of the authorities concerned; the difficulties caused to the mobile phone users in relation to SIMs verification.
Unfortunately both VVIP/VIP culture and police high-handedness have taken deep roots in our society. The recent visit of Imran Khan to Army Public School is a glaring example in this regard. The worst aspect is that Imran Khan is a part of it, whereas he claims himself as a founder of "Naya Pakistan". It is high time for all elite class especially top level politicians to do away with both of these menaces for putting the country on the path of true democracy and welfare state in its true essence.
Apropos 'Paradigm shift in Afghan policy raises hopes for peace' carried by Business Recorder yesterday on its op-ed, one needs to acknowledge the fact that the election of Ashraf Ghani as President of Afghanistan and a paradigm shift in Pakistan's Afghanistan policy have certainly raised hopes for peace. That the relationship between Afghanistan and Pakistan is improving is a fact that has found its best expression in both countries' resolve against terrorism that they have demonstrated through joint border management exercises with military commanders from each side visiting with one another.
Apropos "Russia says US 'wants to dominate the world'" carried by Business Recorder yesterday, Russia seems to have plausibly reacted to President Barack Obama's State of the Union address, claiming it showed that the United States wanted to dominate world affairs.
Insofar as withholding tax (WHT) is concerned it is absolutely unfair and unjustified that even retired and senior citizens having no regular taxable income (except, perhaps, that coming from investments of their life-time savings) are subject to WHT. For them even a few thousand rupees are important. Asking them to file an income tax return to claim the WHT deducted from their bank or Saving Centre's accounts, telephone bills, etc, leads to their exasperation. Besides, who does not know that a claimant would rather give up the small claim than sharing it with the income tax officer.
In response to FBR's advertisement in various newspapers on January 2, 2015, you may find my proposals funny, stupid, impracticable, unworkable, politically or economically unacceptable, or all combined, merely because I am not an economist, an industrialist, a bureaucrat or a politician. I am a retired common man who worked throughout his life as a salaried individual and paid all direct and indirect taxes honestly and in time, getting nothing in return except injustices. I think the share of a person like me in this country is strictly limited to paying taxes only. Still I feel there is no harm in submitting a few proposals in the best long-term interest of the country.


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