Month: January 2013

Gilgit-Baltistan: Role of Media in Welfare and Development of GB

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Islamabad (APP): Chief Minister, Gilgit- Baltistan, Syed Mehdi Shah on Wednesday called upon journalists to play their active role in welfare and development of the province. He was addressing an oath-taking ceremony of Gilgit-Baltistan Journalists Association here at the Gilgit Baltistan House.

Mehdi Shah said media is an important pillar of state, therefore, great responsibility lies on journalists to use their pen for welfare of society. He said media criticism should be constructive, purposeful and for the guidance of the government. Chief Minister asked the media to highlight importance of new system in Gilgit-Baltistan for which Pakistan People Party (PPP) had struggled over the decades.

He assured the journalists to resolve their problems on priority and pledged to try his best to provide them facilities being enjoyed by mediapersons in other parts of the country. Earlier, President Gilgit-Baltistan Journalist Association, Karim Madad and Chairman Akbar Hussain Akbar apprised the gathering about the aims and objective of forming the association and problems being faced by the journalists.

Gilgit-Baltistan:Income Tax Imposition through GB Council?

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Karachi (BR): Gilgit-Baltistan Council and has requested the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) to depute Inland Revenue Officers for establishment of a full-fledged Income Tax Department at Gilgit-Baltistan.

The Gilgit-Baltistan government has, reportedly, decided to impose income tax in the region. The income tax is being imposed through the Gilgit-Baltistan Council, which is a non-elected body comprising of people from Gilgit-Baltistan and other parts of the country.

According to a letter of FBR to officers of IRS, Gilgit-Baltistan Council Secretariat requires the services of officers of Inland Revenue Service of BS-17 to BS-20 and officials on deputation basis for posting in Income Tax Department at Gilgit-Baltistan. Interested officers/ officials may send their options through proper channel to this office by January 10, 2013.

The FBR has already assisted the Gilgit-Baltistan Council Board of Revenue in drafting of the new bill for imposition of income tax on certain categories of persons including corporate sector of Gilgit-Baltistan (GB), 35 percent corporate tax on GB-based companies and sharing of customs duty between the FBR and the GB on the clearance of Chinese goods from the Sust Dry Por