No taxes on cell phone card recharge till next order says chief justice

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Chief Justice of Pakistan has increased the period of no tax deduction on mobile prepaid cards or recharge in any way. Mian Saqib Nisar had ordered earlier to not deduct any tax from mobile cards as the consumers will get 100% of the credit for 15 days. The mentioned time has been expired but the Chief Justice orders to continue it until the next order.

The Chief Justice remarked that the deduction of tax was not for the limited time and it will continue until the further orders, plus he didn’t mention any specific time for the next orders.  Chief Justice said, “It was said that the decision to suspend tax deduction on mobile balance was for a limited time period and that the practice would resume following the expiry of two weeks,” he further remarked, “The taxes on mobile balance cannot be deducted until the court’s next orders.” Justice Nisar declared, “The decision to suspend tax collection on mobile cards will hold until then.”

On 11 June, the court ordered to all cellular companies and Federal Board of Revenue(FBR) to implement it within two days deadline and don’t deduct any tax and it was for prepaid scratch cards. While hearing the case of increasing prices of petroleum products, Chief Justice was asked about the expiry of tax deduction period on which he granted the order to increase the period.

Earlier, the senator Muhammad Ateeq Sheikh mentioned in a meeting to remove the withholding tax on mobile cards as the consumers were paying 42 percent tax, including 19.5 percent FED, 12.5 percent WHT and 10 percent service/ maintenance charges on every Rs100 card which is unfair. After deducting all the sales tax the consumer was only left 61.93Rs from the recharge of Rs100 and now they are getting the credit without any tax deduction and they are happy with that.

This article is written by staff: Sehrish Ilyas

Nawaz Sharif and Maryam Nawaz found guilty in Avenfield Apartments case

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The former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam Nawaz found guilty in reference of Avenfield flats case. Nawaz Sharif was sentenced to 10 years in prison and 8 Million fine and Maryam Nawaz sentenced seven years in prison and 2 Million fine while, Capt. (retd) Safdar was given a one-year imprisonment.

The Sharif family submitted the plea to delay the verdict announcement in front of NAB, which was declined. The National Accountability Court’s (NAB) Judge Muhammad Bashir announced the verdict against Avenfield flats and ruled the order that apartments shall be seized by the Federal Government.

Moreover, Maryam Nawaz now cannot contest the upcoming general election of 2018. The Election Commission of Pakistan stated that Maryam’s name will be removed from the ballot papers of NA-127. Nawaz Sharif and Maryam Nawaz were not present in the court and earlier on Thursday, requested to delay the verdict as they want to be in the court at the time of announcement but the court denied the plea and announced the historic decision in their absence.

The judge called the lawyers of both sides and didn’t allow the media inside the chamber until he reached the final decision. The Sharif family is currently in London due to ailing Kulsoom Nawaz and heard the verdict at the Avenfiled apartments together.

Moreover, right after the announcement Maryam Nawaz tweeted, “The accountability court verdict has further emboldened us to fight against tyranny.” She said that it was not a big punishment for “standing up to the invisible forces” in the country for the past 70 years. In another tweet, Maryam said, “Nawaz Sharif, you didn’t get scared; you didn’t bow down; you preferred Pakistan on your personal life. The nation is standing with you. You will emerge victorious,”

Furthermore, Shahbaz Sharif tweet right after the announcement, “Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) strongly rejects the verdict of the Accountability Court in the Avenfield case. History will remember this verdict in black words. The decision is flawed, politically motivated & has glaring loopholes.” He further said, “The NAB court’s decision is based on oppression & cruelty. The name of Nawaz Sharif was not mentioned in Panama papers nor was it there as owner of Avenfield flats.” While disagreeing to the NAB’s decision he tweets, “There is no denying the fact that NAB has dual standards of justice. Proven corruption cases have been pending before NAB for many years. Some as old as ten years but no action was taken. Justice on pick & choose basis is no justice.

Shahid Khaqan Abbasi finally gets a Go Ahead to Contest General Elections 2018 from NA-57 Murree by Lahore High Court

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As general elections are making way, to be happened by 25th of July as expected. Politicians have started submitting their nomination papers from different constituencies, some have decided to contest from their respective belonging constituencies and some have planned to avail their prominence by contesting from different constituencies like Imran Khan, Shahbaz Shareef, Bilawal Bhutto etc did.

The LHC (Lahore high court) on Friday allows Shahid Khan abbasi to conest from his home constituency of NA-57, Murree. The written verdict of the court says that the Abbasi doesn’t meet the requirement under the article 62 (F) (1) of the Constitution of Pakistan.

The two member bench headed by Justice Mazhar Ali Naqvi accepted Abbasi’s appeal against the election tribunal decision for disqualifying him for life. On Thursday, the appellate tribunal found Shahid Khaqan Abbasi guilty for concealing facts in his nomination forms submitted for the constituency. He was disqualified under the banner of article 62 (F)(1).

During the submissions of nomination papers many politicians have faced the trial under article 62(1)(f) sometime their opponents took them to courts, sometime appellate tribunal rejected itself. Some of the Politicians who faced the trial in the recent time including Imran Khan, Jhangeer tareen, Sheikh Rasheed, and Khuwaja Asif. However, all three of them excluding Jhangeer tareen were lucky enough to regain their position where PTI member faces disqualification for life by Supreme Court of Pakistan a few months ago.

While talking to media after court’s verdict former prime minister expresses his tension over the fuss created by appellate courts across the country. He said tribunal court has no authority to disqualify any person for life. My father purchased house back in 1974 and he had mentioned the price of purchase in nomination form and appellate court made the decision on the marketing value of the house, he added.

While later in the evening, he appeared in program of a TV channel to discuss about the issue. He had questioned the law under which the verdict had been announced.

“Election commission and Supreme judicial Council should take notice of making the election controversial” he remarked.

This article was written by Staff Member: Mahad Gujjar

There Should be Age Restriction for Election Contestants for MNA and MPA

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In Pakistan for most government organizations and departments, there is a restriction of age until which one is allowed to serve. This age is mostly the 60 years old, after which the employee is forced to retire even if he/she is not willing to do so. This age is mostly set by keeping in view the energies of a person, as with ageing its bit difficult to perform daily life tasks required by job, so for good of both, the organization and the employee, they are sent home on that specific age.

Authority which Organizes Elections in Pakistan

Similar, being an MPA (Member Provincial Assembly) and MNA (Member National Assembly) are demanding jobs. They ask for lots of travel, thinking and collaboration to analyze and upgrade the existing laws. Plus in country like Pakistan, where there is no concept of local government, in fact the politician delay those kind of elections to keep control of city administrations and funds etc, its important that they have enough energy left in them to meet the demands of busy schedule and actively working for people.

Not necessarily the age should be 60 at max but it could be something like 65 or even 70. But something to which, one have enough energies to perform, daily tasks of the job easily. But here I had heard a lady having age more than 100 years, was considering filing papers to fight in MNA elections. Also she have been doing this from last few times in General elections. Similarly, most of our current politicians are the ones over 60 year old, specially the main ones, who will run the country and ministries.

Bringing in the younger people on Important posts will mean, that they will use the best of their latest knowledge, they will concentrate more on steps needed to advance the country in technical fields like more importantly in cyber technologies and space technologies. Along with this I suggest having the minimum and related education criteria for ministries, specially which are related to technology.

Two PAF Pilots lose their life due to a fighter jet crash in peshawar

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Two pilots of Pakistan Air Force died in aircraft crash during a routine training session on Tuesday at Peshawar. This incident happened on Peshawar Air Base when a Wing Commander Umar and a Flying Officer Israr were returning back to the Air Base from routine training and the Aircraft crashed and the news has confirmed by the PAF officials.

“Pakistan Air Force reports with regret that a PAF FT-7PG trainer aircraft while recovering from a routine operational training mission, crashed during landing at Peshawar Air Base,” PAF released statement.

This has happened while trying to save the lives of civilians, the plane was calling for an emergency landing on the AIR Base and right after that some technical fault caused the crash. According to the PAF news, that control tower allowed for an emergency landing and cleared the runway but it got unfortunately crashed before landing.

The aircraft got the fire and there was smoke all around and could be seen from long distance. This unfortunate incident happened in F7-PGs which has been replaced with F-6 in 2002. The rescue team immediately controlled the situation and cleared the runway. PAF has also announced to investigate the whole situation of this incident and formed the inquiry board. PAF is currently investigating the cause of this incident and the exact technical fault of the aircraft.

This article was written by staff member: Sehrish Ilyas

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