Gilgit-Baltistan: Imposition of Taxes Challenged in Chief Court of GB

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GILGIT (Dawn): The local importers and exporters association has challenged in the Gilgit-Baltistan Chief Court the imposition of income tax in the region by the GB Council.

Supreme Appellate Court Bar Association president Ehsan Ali filed a writ petition in the chief court on behalf of the importers and exporters body.

The petitioner stated that imposition of income tax in the region was illegal as it violated the rules of Income Tax Ordinance, 2001, and the United Nation’s resolutions on the status of the region.

Talking to Dawn on Monday, Ehsan Ali said that GB was not the constitutional part of Pakistan, and imposing income tax in the region was against constitution of Pakistan and international laws.The GB council had decided to levy income tax in the region in 2012, and its implementation started from March, this year.

Mr Ali said the federal government couldn’t impose tax on GB unless the region was given representation at the parliament.

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