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Reforms package to shift tax burden to rich: PM

KHARAN: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbassi has rejected criticism on recently announced tax reforms package saying it is a landmark initiative to shift the burden of taxes from the poor lot to the affluent one.
He was addressing a ceremony in connection with the inauguration of two infrastructure projects in Kharan Saturday.
The Prime Minister said it is the first time in the country’s history that the income tax has been cut by more than half. He said this will encourage the people to pay their taxes. He said the initiative will help generate sufficient resources in order to end reliance on others. He said in fact there is no room for any quarter to raise finger on the tax reforms package.
What happens to the country if these parties [involved in Senate election rigging] are elected to power, wondered the PM while addressing a ceremony in Quetta.
The prime minister said the masses would decide their fate in July [the month of election]. He underlined that several development projects in Balochistan were facing delays before 2013, but a network of uplift works is being expanded across the province under the incumbent government, he added.
“Development will not stop in Pakistan, Nawaz Sharif is another name of development.” He hoped that the ‘politics of abuses’ will cease to exist in July. Responding to criticism over government’s newly-unveiled tax amnesty scheme, he asked how many of the detractors actually pay taxes should also come to light.
Earlier, the prime minister was received by Chief Minister Balochistan Mir Abdul Quddus Bizenjo along with provincial cabinet members and the parliamentarians.
Khuzdar-Shahdadkot road provides link between Balochistan and Sindh passing through Wango hills. The project would help alleviate poverty in the area by increasing the trade activities.
Khuzdar-Shahdadkot road is part of M-8, the Gwadar-Ratodero Motorway which connects country’s eastern and western regions.
The cargo transport moving from Gwadar to Sindh would be able to use this road that would be completed at cost of around Rs 15 billion.
Situated in far flung area of the province, the 200-kilometer Kaharan-Yakmach section connects three important districts of Chaghi, Washuk and Kharan. This is the closest link with Iranian border via N-25 and the project would reduce the distance by 250 kilometers.
The project would accelerate the economic activity in the mineral-rich districts s it would ease the transportation of the minerals from Chaghi to Karachi particularly from Reko Diq. Moreover, it would also provide an alternate and short route for transportation of good between Karachi and Iranian border instead of existing longer route of N-25.
The two-lane Kharan-Yakmach road had been divided into four sections to connect with Kharan via Shahi Garhi, Shahpur, Wadh and Dostain. The project comprises two bridges and 1067 culverts.
After its completion, the highway could be used by 3,000 vehicles daily with a set speed of 90 kilometers per hour. Around one million population inhabiting in Basima, Kharan, Yakmach, Nok Kundi, Taftan and Noshki would benefit from the project.

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