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Budget 2016: PTI laments indirect taxes

ISLAMABAD: Vice chairman Pakistan Tehrik e Insaf  (PTI) Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Friday condemned the imposition of “more indirect taxes on people in the form of withholding taxes.”

“One word, withholding tax, was repeatedly heard in the National Assembly,” Qureshi told the media persons referring to Finance Minister Ishaq Dar’s budgetary proposals for the fiscal year 2016-17.

Shah was quoted by Samaa as saying that “More indirect taxes have been imposed on people in the name of withholding taxes.”

Qureshi said that the government missed most of its targets.

“In every budget, targets are set by the government and by the end of year an economic survey is printed with the caption of mistargets,” he said.

To a question about a special package for farmers, he said that the announcement was a repeat of Kisan Package.

“Although Kisan Package was announced, it was never implemented,” he said, adding that any relief announced in the package was linked with sharing of provinces.

He said that Support Price Mechanism, which was the major demand of farmers, wasn’t accepted by the government.