Pakistan

'Completely false': Govt says no instruction given to stop payment of salaries, pensions

  • Says AGPR has confirmed salaries and pension have already been processed and will be paid on time
Published February 25, 2023 Updated February 26, 2023

The Ministry of Finance dismissed reports indicating the government plans to cease the payments of salaries and pensions.

"There are rumours floating around that government has instructed to stop payment of pay, pension, etc. This is completely false as no such instructions have been given by Finance Division, which is the concerned federal ministry," the ministry said in a statement on Saturday.

It added that the Accountant General Pakistan Revenues (AGPR) has confirmed that salaries and pension have already been processed and will be paid on time. "Further, other payments are being processed as per routine."

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The development comes as Pakistan’s economy is witnessing one of its worst crises in decades, as the country’s foreign exchange reserves remain at a critically low level. Meanwhile, authorities remain busy trying to revive the stalled Extended Fund Facility (EFF) programme of the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

Pakistan’s finances have been wrecked by years of financial mismanagement and political instability – a situation exacerbated by a global energy crisis and devastating floods that left a third of the country under water last year.

The South Asian country is deeply in debt and needs to introduce tough tax and utility price increases to unlock another tranche of a $6.5 billion IMF bailout and avoid defaulting.

This week the government raised taxes on luxury imports and services – saying only the rich elite would be affected. However, it also increased fuel prices and increased a general sales tax, both of which will hit low-income families.

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Maqbool Feb 25, 2023 05:29pm
Pensions must be paid provided that those that are above the min Tax rate, have paid tax . No tax free exemptions anymore .
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Tulukan Mairandi Feb 25, 2023 06:02pm
There is no smoke without fire
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Abdul Sheikh Feb 25, 2023 09:55pm
Darnomics at its best.
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Iftikhar Hussain Feb 26, 2023 02:45am
Chery Pakistan is playing fraud with the innocent people of Pakistan under the garb of booking their vehicles. After booking they are blackmailing people and demanding exorbitant unjustified amounts unofficially for the drliveries of vehicles. They are not responding at all to the queries of people who have booked vehicles and waiting deliveries for 6 months and above. Authorities are requested to intervene and take action. I posses sufficient evidences agsinst their unlawfull activities.
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