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Capital Watch 15-04-2019


Pakistan desires to bolster ties with Somalia: Qureshi

Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has said Pakistan desires to bolster trade relations with all the African countries including Somalia. He said Pakistan greatly valued its relations with Somalia and was looking forward to further enhance and diversify these relations.
He was talking to the Somalian Ambassador to Pakistan during the week. The Foreign Minister said strengthening economy is our foremost priority.
Both the sides agreed to enhance cooperation in different areas including energy, education, infrastructure development and construction.
Ambassador of Somalia Ms. Khadija Al-Makhzoumi said Somalia was looking forward for increased level of ties with Pakistan adding her government was keen to promote relations with Pakistan in all fields including business, culture, education.

Alleged tax evasion: FBR registers FIR against Shaheen Air

Pakistan’s second biggest airline – Shaheen Air International (SAI), has been allegedly involved in tax evasion and fraud worth billions of rupees and in this regard the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has registered an FIR against it. The airline is a tax defaulter of Rs955 million.
It is pertinent to mention that the airline charged this tax from customers under the head of federal excise duty but did not deposit it in the national exchequer.
The FIR was lodged by Large Taxpayer Unit (LTU) Karachi, over a complaint made by Inland Revenue Inspector Irfan Ahmed who detailed the matter and revealed that the airline also failed to deposit sales tax returns electronically.
Shaheen’s flight operations have remained suspended since May 2018, except for special Hajj flights and the flight that brought back stranded Pakistanis in China. It was learnt that the owners of the airline have fled the country.
An official of the Karachi airport services said that Shaheen has winded up operations in the country and there is no official behind.
The FBR authorities revealed that the departments running under it were initiating swift action against tax evaders throughout the country and recoveries were being made in this regard.
The FBR officials said that action was also being taken against tax defaulters found with dues during audit and in this regard tax demand orders were also being issued.
The authority stressed that all the LTUs and Regional Tax Offices (RTOs), including Directorate General Intelligence and Investigation and Inland Revenue, were united against tax evasion.
The field officers have been given the target of recovering 30-40% amount from the issued demand orders after wrapping up the audit case, they officials added.

PTV employees end sit-in after MD’s ouster

Following denotification of Arshad Khan as Pakistan Television (PTV) managing director, its employees union ended its protest sin-in being held here at headquarters.
Addressing the participants of sit-in, Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Chaudhry Fawad Hussain said Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf government stood by the workers as they were asset of the nation.
He said all genuine demands of the PTV employees would be accepted and the government would try to give houses to its retired employees and Radio Pakistan.
Acting PTV MD Col (Retd) Hammad Hassan Muhammadi was also present on the occasion.
The PTV employees’ union secretary general announced to end the protest after assurance from the management for acceptance of their demands.
It is worth a mention that the PTV employees were holding a sit-in against the policies of former MD Arshad Khan.

PTA gets notice on decision to block unregistered cells

Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has issued Show Cause Notice to initiate proceedings against M/s PTCL on showing poor quality of service, based on the results of the joint Quality of Service (QoS) Survey conducted recently by PTA. PTA has given 30-day time to PTCL to submit the reply. Based on the outcome PTA, under the Telecom Act, reserves the right to proceed legally.
The QoS surveys is a regular activity of PTA and the objective is to ensure that the interests of the consumers of telecommunication services are duly safeguarded and that the licensees are providing the telecom services as per the service quality standards of the license.
PTA, from time to time, has been repeatedly informing PTCL about its poor QoS and PTCL was directed to improve the quality as per license conditions, however, no improvement made therein despite ample time provided to PTCL. As a result, show cause notice has been served to initiate the proceedings against the licensee as per rules.
According to the details, survey was conducted across Pakistan including major and small cities and rural areas from August to October 2009 along with the PTCL representatives on a mutually agreed survey methodology. It may be mentioned that this is the first instance of PTCL being show caused on account of poor quality of service which clearly shows the PTA’s resolve for not compromising on sub-standard services to the telecom consumers.