ISLAMABAD: The Opposition parties in National Assembly on Monday observed a token walk out and said the government had announced enhancement of General Sales Tax (GST) on petrol without taking parliament into confidence.
Opposition Leder, Syed Khursheed Ahmed Shah, on a point of order, said he has been raising this issue in the parliament for the last many days but to no avail as the government was not giving importance to his demand to bring the matter of 10 per cent GST increase on petrol in the House.
He recalled it is a blessing for the country that petroleum prices were witnessing a deceasing trend in the international market but on the other side it is astonishing that government had announced two times 5 plus 5 (10 per cent) GST increase on petrol to meet its revenue targets.
He said it is not fair and against Article 77 of the constitution and added if the authorities want to increase GST, it should bring the issue in the parliament and get its approval as it is the right and democratic way.
Khursheed Shah said the government was not paying heed to demand of the opposition and by imposing GST increase it is un-necessarily burdening the masses.
The opposition leader also pointed out the increase in taxes on mobile phone card charging which, he said, has been increased to 25 per cent from 17 per cent.
He said parliament is the right forum to discuss issues relating to people of Pakistan and added this attitude had forced the opposition to pursue other forum to get its demand fulfilled.
Rasheed Godail of MQM said he agreed with the point of opposition leader and said increase in GST would further burden the commonman.
He said instead of increasing GST on petrol the government should find other means to generate revenue.
He said the MQM also joined the opposition to observe token walkout.
Earlier, Rasheed Godail criticized Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and its leadership for their statements on Baldia Town issue and said inquiry of the incident should be held.