Civil society, IRD employees take to street agitation against abortive life attempt on IRD Commissioner Asim Shaukat

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Altaf Hamid Rao.

MIRPUR (AJK),   (Parliament Times)  :  Hundreds of people representing various segments of the AJK civil society including business community activists, lawyers, social workers as well as the non-gazetted employees of the Inland Revenue Department of Azad Jammu Kashmir staged continual protest demonstrations taking to the street agitation for over last four days in various AJK cities including the State’s metropolis and Mirpur to register their protest against the recent alleged life attempt on Asim Shoukat Chaudhry, Commissioner Inland Revenue Department (IRD), (Indirect Taxes) of the AJK government.

The non-gazetted employees of the IRD have reportedly declared to continue the phased protest against the abortive assassination attempt on Asim Shaukat Commissioner IRD (Indirect Taxes) till the acceptance of their demands including arrest of the accused involved in the alleged incident of attack on Asim near the AJK Prime Minister House in Muzaffarabad on Thursday last, when he was leaving the PM House after attending officials meetings with senior officials of the AJK government.

The protestant mob, by taking out processions and rallies in Mirpur and Muzaffarabad, demanded immediate arrest of Baber Taj, the alleged principal accused and his accomplices involved in the alleged life-attempt incident against the CIT Asim Shoukat, to bring them to justice without further delay.

Muzaffarabad police, it may be added, has booked the accused involved in the incident, on the report lodged by the CIT, IRD Asim Shaukat. Further investigations are in progress. The accused had alleged stormed the official car of Asim, wheren he was on board, while he left the AJK Prime Minister house fon Thursday last. However, he got narrow escape as the car driver rushed the vehicle from the site to avert the sharp repercussions of the sudden attack.

The Commissioner CIT IRD (Indirect Taxes) Asim Shoukat Chaudhry had reportedly launched a proceeding against the accused Baber Taj, an entrepreneur, belonging to Muzaffarabad district, on the charges of counterfeit production of cigaretts and other alleged ill-deeds to skip the payment of due taxes pending against the business group.

Meanwhile, the non-gazetted employees of the AJK Inland Revenue Department continued their pen-down strike in various offices of the department in AJK, the 4th consecutive day on Monday, to register their extreme protest against the life attempt on the senior officer of the department besides to press the AJK government for early arrest of all of the accused involved in the abortive life-attempt incident, the CIT IRD (Indirect Taxes) confirmed to our AJK Correspondent Altaf Hamid Rao when contacted here on Monday.