ISLAMABAD: The home constituency of the PML-N leadership, Lahore, has the maximum number of potential tax dodgers if the number of notices sent by FBR is any indication. Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has so far sent notices to 30,333 individuals who possess plots in posh areas, own expansive bungalows, have the latest model vehicles, and travel abroad frequently, as well as to those who enjoy many other luxuries of life but have never bothered to pay a penny in taxes.
“Lahore is on the top by receiving 7,065 tax notices so far out of a total of over 30,000 notices in first three months (July-Sept) of the current fiscal year,” according to FBR data disclosed on Thursday.
The PML-N-led government is considered a business-friendly regime, but so far the FBR has sent out the highest number of notices to the hometown of PM Nawaz Sharif, contrary to the general perception that the political leadership is not serious about initiating tax reforms.
Quake hits Afghanistan
Islamabad: Tremors were felt across north-western areas of Pakistan after a 4.9 magnitude earthquake struck Afghanistan’s border with Tajikistan yesterday.
The epicentre of the earthquake was reportedly near the Ashkasham area in Afghanistan at a depth of 114.9 kilometres, according to the United States Geological Survey. However, Pakistan’s local meteorological department reported the magnitude of the earthquake at 5.6 on the Richter scale with its epicentre located in northern Afghanistan at a depth of 80 kilometres. The tremors were felt in Chitral, Swat and Lower Dir areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province situated in the northwestern part of Pakistan.
One step closer to spot at CERN
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan yesterday moved a step closer to becoming an associate member of the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN), the largest particle physics laboratory in the world.
According to scientists at the National Centre for Physics (NCP), which has been collaborating with CERN since 2000, the CERN Council unanimously approved in principle Pakistan’s name for the process of achieving associate membership at a meeting on September 17.