KARACHI: The Sindh assembly has strongly criticized the federal government’s decision of imposition and collection of tax services under the garb of federal excise duty (FED).
In Sindh Assembly, Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) MPA Jam Khan Shoro while moving the resolution said, “After the 18th Amendment, sales tax on services has become a provincial subject. The Sindh government has been collecting the tax for the last two years and this move by the federal government to wrest back this authority is a direct interference in our affairs and is tantamount to depriving Sindh of its right.”
Shoro said that the Sindh government took the lead among the four provinces and developed a mechanism to collect the tax by constituting the Sindh Revenue Board, which has satisfactorily met its targets of Rs25 billion and Rs32 billion during the past two years. It has set a target of Rs42 billion for the next fiscal year, he said.
Except for Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) MPA Irfanullah Marwat, the resolution received support from either side of the aisle. The MPA’s move drew flake from PPP senior minister Nisar Khuhro who said that it was unfortunate that despite living in the province some people were opposing pro-Sindh policies. Marwat retorted that his opposition was not over the content of the resolution but over the fact that he was not given a copy.