As this year the government in Pakistan have been changed and power have been transferred from Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N) to Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), so two budgets were presented. One from the leaving government and one from new PTI Government. So there was a lot of confusion regarding the income tax rates for upcoming tax payment for fiscal year 2018-19, the tax which will be due for payment just after June 2019.
So to clear this we have done some research and here is what FBR have to say about the tax rates for salaried income for Fiscal Year 2018-19.
Yearly Tax Amount
Taxable Income below 400,000
Taxable Income between 400,000 and 800,000
Taxable Income between 800,000 and 1,200,000
Taxable Income between 1,200,000 and 2,400,000
5% of Amount Exceeding Rs. 1,200,000
Taxable Income between 2,400,000 and 4,800,000
Rs. 60,000 Plus 10% of Amount Exceeding 2,400,000
Taxable Income above 4,800,000
Rs. 300,000 Plus 15% of Amount Exceeding 4,800,000
So, as per the latest income tax rates for fiscal year 2018-19 for salaried income in Pakistan, if you earn anything up to 400,000 Rs. Yearly you are not required to pay any tax. Any one earning between 400,000 to 1,200,000 will have to pay minor 1000 or 2000 Rs. yearly. And the real tax slabs start after 1,200,000. So for anyone earning up to 100,000 monthly there is virtually no tax, which makes perfect sense, as government tried to put tax burden on people earning better and gave relief to people earning up to 100,000 monthly.
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As, always what Google does is, it cares for its audience from different countries and localities. So Google changes its logo in accordance with special occasions of certain locality. So they always call those modified logos depicting those special occasions ‘Doodle’.
Enough of the background on Google doodles, Google have recently launched one such doodle to be part of Pakistan’s Independence Day celebrations in 2018. They did this many times on our Independence days, other occasions and their logo changed many times to remember people who had contributed to Pakistani society or the ones who have had a great following in Pakistanis, for whatever but good reason.
2018’s Pakistan Independence Day Google Doodle shows a Pakistani flag flying high under blue sky, on top of the word Google, as shown below.
I like the way Google shows interest in the occasions which are important to its audience from different parts of the world and wins hearts that way. I feel proud after seeing a waving Pakistani flag and somehow above doodle image have same affect. And it is great that google cared and tried to be part of Pakistanis’ Independence Day Celebrations.
Plus it is not the first time that google made a Doodle for Pakistan’s Independence Day, they did it for several years and some of these historic Pakistan Independence Day Google Doodles are depicted in following image.
Google Independence Day Doodle for 2017 was just an animated Waving Pakistani Flag replacing an ‘O’ in Google’s logo and the whole logo was turned into the shades or Green and of course white in Pakistani Flag.
In 2016 Doodle for Pakistan Independence Day, Google showed the historic archaeological site of Mohenjo-daro, which is situated in Sindh Province of Pakistan. This site belongs to an era estimated to be belonging to 2500 BCE and is comprised of, one of the world’s earliest major cities.
The doodle of Independence Day Pakistan from the 2015 shows the Pakistani Flag mounted on top of main entrance gate of Lahore Fort. This fort is situated in Northern city of Lahore, and belonged to the famous Muslim Mughal Emperors, who ruled in the territory for hundreds of years.
In 2014 Google opted for placing the Pakistan Monument inside its doodle for Pakistan Independence day. Construction of this monument was an initiative of Retired General Pervez Musharraf, while he was President of Pakistan. This Monument is situated in the capital city of Pakistan, Islamabad and was constructed in years 2004 to 2006. It was inaugurated in 2007 by President of time Retired General Pervez Musharraf himself. Monument is accompanied by a museum depicting the history and events of Pakistan through wax models as well as it have lots of audio and video archives etc and much more.
2013 Doodle by Google for Pakistan Independence Day featured the national animal of Pakistan called Markhor in local language and is also called ‘screw horn goat’. It is found in central Pakistan among other countries and areas. They are now very less in numbers and are classified as endangered species. Though in last decade they have managed to increased their species by 20 percent.
Pakistan independence Day Doodle of 2012 features the world famous truck art of Pakistan with colors of Pakistani flag, green and white, on center of the graphic in shape of white crescent and star, from Pakistani flag, on green background.
Google’s Pakistan Independence Day doodle of 2011 features the most important monument of Pakistan called Minar-e-Pakistan. Minar-e-Pakistan or Pakistan Tower was built to remember the 23rd March 1940’s resolution, which decided that now it is now critical for Muslims to build a separate state in subcontinent, where they can live freely and practice the teachings of their religion. Plus specially the country will not only be for Muslims but also for the minorities, who will have equal right to live in country and enjoy the freedom of practicing their own religion.
All the graphics shown above are Google’s own property and shared above to tell you a story about the several Google doodles released by Google on many Pakistan Independence Day occasions over the course of many years.
Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) finally released the official results of the 11th General election of Pakistan which held on 25th July 2018. It almost took 56 hours to announce the final stats in which ECP confirms the victory of Pakistan Threek-e-Insaf and the overall figure showed that this political party is the largest political party in Pakistan right now.
According to the official announcement of ECP, out of 270 seats, Pakistan Threek-e-Insaf has won 115 seats of National Assembly. To make the government PTI still relay on independent seats because according to law one member can only take one seat and has to give up other seats. Few of the members contested from multiple seats but they need to give them up and only take one, for that PTI will collaborate with independent candidates and other parties as well like PML-Q, BAP, and GDA.
Pakistan Muslim League-N got 64 seats in the National Assembly and Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) got 43 seats. On the other hand, Muttahida Majlis-i-Amal (MMA) got 12 seats and MQM-P got only 6 seats. Balochistan Awami Party (BAP) has won 4 seats while Grand Democratic Alliance (GDA) won only 2 seats. Awami National Party (ANP) got one seat while 13 independents candidates also played the role in National Assembly.
For decades, PML-N has ruled Punjab and stood as the largest party there. In 2018 General election PML-N has won 129 seats out of 295 of the provincial assembly of Punjab. But now PTI is much closer to them by winning 123 seats and could be exceeded to 28 seats with the help of independent candidates. After these two competitors, PML-Q is the third one who got 7 seats and PPP got 6 seats of Punjab provincial assembly.
Out of 130 seats of Sindh assembly, Pakistan People’s Party has won 76 seats of the house and stood as the first party of Sindh. While MQM-P has got 23 seats and GDA has won 11 seats of the house. Threek-e-Labbaik, who is the new political party, managed 2 seats while MMA only got one seat.
Pakistan Threek-e-Insaf clean sweeps in the provincial assembly and got 66 seats out of 97 and this surprised everyone. While MMA managed to be the second party in KPK assembly and got 10 seats. ANP has won 6 seats and on the other side PPP has got 4 seats in KPK house, there are also 6 independents who won in KPK provincial assembly.
Balochistan Awami Party has won 15 provincial seats while BNP got 6 seats, BNP-Awami got 3 seats and Hazara Democratic Party (HDP) got 2 seats in the provincial assembly and PTI only got 4 seats out there. PkMAP won only one seat and PML-n and JWP also got one seat in this assembly. There are also 5 independent candidates who won the berths.
This article was written by staff member: Sehrish Ilyas
It is important that you do not wait for the polling day and check your vote as early as possible. To do that simply send your ID Card Number to 8300 without dashes/hyphen (-). In reply you will be sent the details of your vote, where is it registered as well as where you will be casting the vote. Basically the details of polling station that has been assigned to you in these upcoming general elections 2018.
No matter which party you support, it is important for you to cast your vote and participate in electing the right people. The real change will only come when more and more people will leave their houses to use their right to vote in the correct people.