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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Nawabshah Press Club receives Rs 10 million grant

By Abdul Qadir Qureshi
(Pakistan News & Features Services)


The Nawabshah Press Club has finally received a grant of Rs 10 million sanctioned as part payment for the reconstruction of the club’s building. 

In this regard the grant chequue was handed over to the President of the Club, Anwar Shaikh, at a ceremony held at the Sindh Chief Minister House, Karachi. 

The cheque was presented by Advisor to Chief Minister for Law, Murtaza Wahab, and MPA Zia-ul-Hasan Lanjar. The Deputy Commissioner Nawabshah, Ghanwar Ali Leghari, and President, Pakistan Peoples Party, Shaheed Benazirabad, Akber Ali Jamali, besides office-bearers and members of the press club’s working committee were also present on the occasion. 

Speaking on the occasion, Zia-ul-Hasan Lanjar appreciated the role of the Nawabshah Press Club towards promoting the democratic causes and hoped that its journey towards strengthening democratic rules will continue with greater zeal and vigour.

He commended the office-bearers of the club for having undertaken the task of building a new premises for the institution.
The President of the club, Anwar Shaikh, thanked the Sindh Government for its support and said that the new building of the Nawabshah Press Club will emerge as a model club of Sindh.

He was of the opinion that the new building of the club will help in facilitating the members in discharging their professional duties.

Later the visiting office-bearers of the Nawabshah Press Club were hosted an Iftar-Dinner at Hotel Avari Towers.

Friday, July 5, 2013

Sindh Assembly approves resource mobilization for revenue targets

By Abdul Qadir Qureshi
(Pakistan News & Features Services)

The Sindh Government has issued strict directives that any new taxation should be enforced only if it does not affect the common man. 
"In this regard Revenue Resource Mobilization has been embarked upon in strict compliance of the government directives,” Sindh Information Minister. Sharjeel Inam Memon, stated.

It was pointed out that Sales Tax is a pass on tax on sales of services provided and should not be confused with Income Tax which is tax on profits of the operation of a business.

As per Finance Bill 2013-14 passed by Sindh Assembly the relief measures taken by the Sindh Government encompasses non enhancement in ST rate which is to remain @ 16% despite Federation and other Provinces increasing it to 17 percent thus bringing a financial impact Rs. (-) 1.34 billion on the provincial budget; abolition of Bed Tax on hotels with an impact Rs. (-) Rs.140 million,

According to Finance Bill, the tax on Utility Bills (NADRA) is being abolished to remove the anomaly of taxing utility bill collection service by NADRA as other providers of this service are not taxed. This will result in an impact of Rs. (-) 10 million on provincial exchequer.

The Finance Bill indicates new sectors for ST services as proposed in the budget at 16% which includes tax on advertising agents.

According to the Information Minister this tax is introduced to remove an anomaly as advertising service is taxed but not the agents. By introducing this tax the advertising agents will be taxed which will remove the anomaly, help in taxing the service provider and increase the tax. It will result in a positive impact of Rs.3 million)  

Beauty Parlours & Beauty Clinics, Gyms, Body Massage Centers, Pedicure & Manicure Centers are other areas having been included as service providers for the purpose ST Services with Hair cutting, Hair dyeing, Shaving, Plastic or Cosmetic Surgery, Therapeutic Massage and non-air-conditioned parlours and shops as being exceptions. This will bring another positive financial impact of Rs 30 milliojn.

Besides, ST services tax on Race Clubs will result in positive impact of  Rs.20 million, Security Agencies Rs.100 million, Freight Forwarding Agents Rs.20 million), Commodity Brokers Rs.100 million, Marriage Halls & Lawns with the exception of  Lawns under and upto 800 Sq. Yards (Rs.300 million), Public bonded warehouses Rs.100 million, 

Event Management Services, Event Photography services, Pandal & Shamina services (Rs.300 Million),  Tax on Services at Standard rate on Sponsorship   Services, Business Support Services, Management Consultants, Software and IT based Development Consultants, Market Research Agency, Surveyors, Management Consultants, Auto Workshops having annual turnover of more than Rs.3.6 Million, Workshops of Industrial and Construction Machineries,  Exhibition and Convention Services, Labour & Manpower Supply Services, Services provided in the matter of manufacturing or processing for others on toll basis bringing a positive impact of Rs.100 million, Internet Services with the exception for billing up to Rs.1500 per month, in order to provide relief to home users and students using the Internet resulting in a positive impact of Rs.300 million.  

As per Finance Bill the rate of Infrastructure has been changed to 0.90% to 0.95% from 0 .80% to 0.85% which was adjusted in 2008. It will result in a positive impact of Rs. 2 Billion

As on Property Tax, the Annual Rental Value (ARV) rate has been changed to 25% from 20% which was last revised in 2001 and will result in a positive impact of Rs. 370 million.

The Trade and Import of Potable Liquor License Fee is increased from Rs 6 to Rs 8 lacs and Retail Off Liquor License fee changed from Rs 3.5 lac to Rs. 5 lacs. The last revision in this license fee was carried out in 2008. This was result in a positive impact of Rs 23.3 million.

The Information Minister said it is the endeavor of our government to make, Sindh financially independent and increase its revenues by taking advantage of the devolution of power in the 7th NFC Award.

"At the same time we do not want to burden our people and businesses to suffer from negative impact of taxation. We have therefore decided to tax the following services at a lower rate of 4% after listening to the representations of the stakeholders".

The government agreed that in order not to burden constructors and construction industry which is provides stimulus for economic growth the tax rate will be at a reduced rate of 4% with no input adjustment. It will result in a positive impact of Rs.300 million.

Based on the policy increasing the tax net and to incorporate sales tax upon the recommendation of consultants it has been decided that Legal Practitioners and Consultants, Accountants and Auditors and Tax Consultants will be taxed at reduced rate of 4% with no input adjustments.  It has to be understood that this tax is a pass on tax for people and businesses using the services provider. Impact (+) Rs.900 million

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Dr. Ishrat Ul Ebad Khan as Governor Sindh - Pakistan

Dr Ishrat Ul Ebad Khan Monday resigned from the post of Governor Sindh. He has left for Dubai and his resignation yet to be accepted by the President of Pakistan. Speaker Sindh Assembly Nisar Ahmed Khoro took over as Acting Governor Sindh.

Governor Dr. Ishrat Ul Ebad Khan (born March 2, 1963) studied in the prestigious Dow Medical College, Karachi. As a student he had a penchant for politics and emerged as a prominent leader of a popular student organization, APMSO, a student wing of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM). The MQM is the third largest political party of Pakistan and the second largest in Sindh, having representation in the Federal Parliament of Pakistan, the Sindh Provincial Assembly and the Azad Kashmir Legislative Assembly. The party enjoys a large following in all units of the federation because of its welfare-oriented egalitarian political manifesto impacted by Mr. Altaf Hussain, the populist leader of the toiling masses. After graduation, he remained the head of the Medical Aid Committee รข€“ poor patients' welfare entity of the party. Gradually, he became a front rank political figure of the MQM. On his return from almost ten years of political exile in London, he was appointed to the position of the Governor of the province of Sindh. Dr. Ishrat Ul Ebad Khan assumed the charge of his office on December 27, 2002 as the youngest Governor of Sindh. He is the longest serving Governor of any province of Pakistan since its inception in 1947. Earlier in 1990, he was the youngest Minister in the Provincial cabinet of Sindh, holding the portfolios of Housing and Town Planning. Subsequently, he was also assigned the additional charge of Environment and Public Health Engineering Departments.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

President Asif Zardari performs ground-breaking of new Sindh Assembly building


President Asif Ali Zardari performed the ground-breaking ceremony of the new Sindh Assembly building here on Friday.

The ceremony was held within the precincts of the existing building of the provincial assembly.

The estimated cost of the project is Rs 1.9 billion and the completion time is 30 months.

The new building will have a seating capacity of 350 members of the provincial assembly.

The groundbreaking ceremony was attended among others by Senate Chairman Farooq A Naek, National Assembly Speaker Dr Fehmida Mirza, Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ibad Khan, Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah, federal and provincial ministers, members of the diplomatic corps and the elite of the city.

Sindh Assembly Speaker Nisar A Khuhro presented the welcome address.

On the occasion, President Zardari said that Pakistan needs a new vision and a new relationship with the world.

He said that the country also needs a new relationship with its neighbours.

He said that there should be regional ownership to the war in Afghanistan and the regional ownership to the trade of the world which starts from Pakistan and including India, China, Turkey or the neighbour of our region should be a common market.

Zardari said that this process of thought was shared first by Benazir Bhutto in a summit where she had acknowledged SAARC as the future economical zone.

Referring to the ground-breaking ceremony of the new building of the Sindh Assembly, the president said that this honour has been bestowed upon him through the vehicle of Bhuttoism.

He further stated that the Bhuttoism gives us the people's power and the people of Pakistan the sustaining power to fight and act against all dictators.

Zardari said that it was this parliament that passed a resolution that led to the exit of a dictator from the Presidency.

He also referred to the concept of reconciliation that was given by the great leader Benazir Bhutto and said that we can see it working.

"Today amongst us sit all the political forces of Pakistan including the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), the Awami National Party (ANP), Pakistan Muslim League-Functional, the opposition, independents and that they are all here to serve the people of Pakistan," the president added.

He further stated that this is the Assembly where our founding father, the Quaid-e-Azam, gave us Pakistan due to the help of the Sindh Assembly.

Speaking on the occasion, Sindh Governor Dr Ishrat ul Ebad Khan, termed the new Sindh Assembly building project a very significant and historic one.

The governor said that in Sindh, the Pakistan People's Party, the ANP and the MQM are together and this alliance is very strong and its positive impact ensures the stability in the province as well as in Pakistan. app

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Arms license books to be computerised in Sindh


The Sindh Home Department is about to initiate the production of computerised arms license books, which will be similar to machine readable passports, Sindh Special Home Secretary Kamran Dost told The News.

Dost said that money had been approved for this purpose in the budget for the current fiscal year, adding that this was being done to eliminate rampant corruption in the department. In his opinion, the new system would also increase the revenue of the department, as at later stages, arms license books could be registered online.

Replying to a question, he said that besides the computerised registration of books, the Home Department was also seeking the help of National Database Registration Authority (NADRA) to maintain all records of arms license branch. At present all record is maintained through manually. According to him, a computer department is being established and staff is being trained with the help of NADRA officials.

Dost added that the move would also help in minimising “the immense pressure on the Home Department” for issuance of new arms licenses. On the contrary, a survey of the Sindh Home department conducted by The News found that no such department had been established as yet that could ascertain any plans for the computerisation of arms license.

According to sources, the new system is being brought in place to remove corruption, although many more meetings will be held before a final decision is taken. Sources also said that NADRA officials are ready to facilitate the Home Department, but will also have to undertake a detailed survey for the new system to work without any hurdles.

However, Home Department officials fear that renewing license fees and supplying data electronically may cause problems for people in rural areas, and such impediments must be removed before any records are computerised.

Sources said that normally it takes two months to issue an arms license in Karachi. When the license is issued, the Home Department then checks for fake licenses. Currently, applying for an arms license is free of cost, but once the records are kept electronically, there will be an official fee of Rs 4,000 to be submitted to the office of the District Coordination Officer (DCO) of Karachi.

Thousands of applicants approach the Home Department everyday to obtain arms licenses, out of which many return frustrated. Even though weapons are licensed by the Home Department, special permission is still required to be allowed to carry them. This was not the case before the Nishtar Park bombing on April 11, 2006.

Despite this, many influential people affiliated to political parties openly display sophisticated weapons without suffering legal consequences. Private security guards, for example, have also been observed displaying dangerous weapons like Kalashnikovs and even firing on some occasions.

Official sources claim that the government has fixed the amount of arms licenses certain officials can issue. The For instance, the Sindh Home minister can issue 366 licenses for pistols, seven for revolvers, 24 for rifles, and 105 for shotguns. Similarly, the Home secretary can issue 896 licenses for pistols, 20 for revolvers, 99 for rifles, and 304 for shotguns. The DCO Karachi can issue 819 licenses for revolvers and/or pistols, 27 for rifles, and 129 for shotguns. However the chief minister can issue an arms license at any time according to his discretion. A total of 2,796 non-prohibited bore arms licenses were issued this year from January to June.

Moreover, NADRA has also started the registration process, but officials from the Home department claim that NADRA has first to prepare a software, after which the Home department will provide all records.


Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Qaim Ali Shah announces setting up ‘Sindh Bank’


KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah has announced to establish a ‘Sindh Bank’ in the province.
He made this announcement while presenting provincial budget at Sindh Assembly yesterday.
He said Sindh Bank would be a commercial venture and the private sector would hold majority shares in it, adding the management would also rest with the private sector.
Shah said this is a conscious decision and we are clear that this bank has to be managed very professionally on sound management principles.
Sindh Bank would have a big component of micro-finance and agriculture credit for targeting farmers in rural Sindh and small enterprises in urban slums; he said and added that through this intervention we would expand Micro Finance and Agriculture Credit to millions in Sindh.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

STPP announces blocking Sindh-Punjab border on June 17


Party against settlement of IDPs in Sindh: Dr Qadir Magsi

KARACHI: Sindh Taraqi Pasand Party (STPP) chairman Dr Abdul Qadir Magsi said yesterday that his party was going to observe a sit-in at Sindh-Punjab border in order to block it for one day to put a halt to entry of internally displaced persons into Sindh.
Addressing a news conference here at the Karachi Press Club, he said his party is against settlement of IDPs in Sindh. He demanded of the government to set up IDP camps near the areas from where these people are being displaced owing to military operation.
“I recognize that displacement of over three million people from Northern Areas is a great humanitarian crisis but their settlement in Sindh is not an appropriate this time. We are ready to provide them relief goods if they would stay in the camps near their localities,” Magsi said.
Karachi has become city of ethnic conflict, and killing of average 10 persons a day in this city has become a routine matter.
We fear that militants might enter our province in guise of displaced persons, he added.

Friday, February 27, 2009

‘Sindh Tenancy Act report to be presented in next assembly session’


KARACHI: Sindh Assembly Deputy Speaker Shehla Raza assured the participants of the Sindh Hari Long March on Thursday that a report compiled by the last Sindh Assembly regarding certain changes in the Sindh Tenancy Act will be presented in the provincial assembly’s forthcoming session.

She made this announcement while addressing a gathering of hundreds of the long march participants outside the Sindh Assembly building. The participants, including women, reached the assembly building on the 12th day of their march. They had started their march from Hyderabad on February 15, under the banner of the South Asia Partnership Pakistan. The organisers of the march also handed over a memorandum to the deputy speaker, stating that they want changes in the Sindh Tenancy Act and the introduction of agricultural reforms.

Raza told the participants that a committee, constituted by the last provincial assembly, had compiled a report gauging certain changes in the Sindh Tenancy Act. However, she added that the committee had not been allowed to present the report in the provincial legislative house. According to her, PPP’s Anwar Maher had headed the committee; Maher is also a MPA in the present assembly.

Raza, who belongs to the ruling PPP, also found the gathering an opportunity to criticise the PML-N and justify the central government’s act of imposing governor rule in Punjab. She rejected PML-N’s criticism over the PPP government for not permitting the Punjab assembly session to be held, saying that today they are crying on this but they did not feel sorry when they restrained the Sindh Assembly members from holding its session in 1998.

Without naming the PML-N, the deputy speaker said that they are engaged in organising protest demonstrations on an decision taken as a result of a judicial order, however, she stated that they did nothing when their aeroplane was not allowed to land despite the court orders (during former president Pervez Musharraf’s tenure). She warned that the removal of memorial banners displayed in Punjab in the memory of PPP’s assassinated chairperson Benazir Bhutto will result in a strong reaction from PPP workers and supporters.

Provincial Minister for Zakat and Ushr Sajid Jokhio, Sindh Chief Minister’s Special Assistant on Media Waqar Mehdi and PPP MPAs Anwar Maher and Farheen Mughal accompanied the deputy speaker on the occasion. The South Asia Partnership Pakistan’s Zulfiqar Shah, Awami Party’s Ramzan Memon, Sindh Hari Porhiat Council’s Punhal Sario and Azhar Jatoi were also present on the occasion.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Acid victim dies after 25 days in hospital

KARACHI, Feb 10: Maria Shah, the 22-year-old midwife from Shikarpur who suffered extensive burns last month, died here on Tuesday morning — nearly a month after acid was thrown on her face by a man whom she had refused to marry.

“Ms Shah’s whole body was affected by acid burns. Despite our best efforts, we failed to save her life,” said a senior official of the Civil Hospital’s Burns Centre, where she was admitted on Jan 16.

“The body was formally handed over to her family. They returned to their home town in an ambulance provided by the hospital,” said Dabeer-ur-Rahman, Executive Director of the Burns Centre.

“The victim was brought to the hospital in a very critical condition a day after the incident.”

Ms Shah’s face was disfigured after acid was hurled at her by Arsalan Sanjrani at a private clinic in Shikarpur where she had been working as a lady health worker.

Initially, the young woman was taken to a local hospital, which later referred her to the Burns Centre.

According to Arsalan, he was a matriculate and in love with Maria since school days. He claimed he provided her free rides to school for years on his rickshaw. He said he committed the crime after she refused to marry him.

The Supreme Court has summoned Shikarpur DPO Khadim Hussain Rind to appear before it “with facts”.

BURIAL: Maria Shah was buried in Shikarpur’s Chiningi graveyard on Tuesday night.

A large number of relatives and social workers attended the Namaz-i-Janaza.

Talking to newsmen after the burial, Baqar Shah, Maria’s father, said that in the beginning ministers and NGOs helped in providing medical treatment.

But after the first week, no attention was paid to the regular supply of medicines.

Baqar Shah recalled, with irony, that the government had assured him of financing her treatment abroad. He said that Marya would not have died had she received “proper medical care”.

The SHO of the police station concerned said there was no need of a fresh FIR, adding that an interim challan would be presented in a court soon.

Marya Shah’s family has called upon the government to hang Arsallan Sanjrani. (Dawn)