The daylight robbery

Unjust taxes levied on private security providers is a huge tax anomaly

Through Finance Act, 2015, the federal government has introduced a new section (236P) which relates to collection of 0.6 per cent advance tax on non-cash debit transactions on Non Filers only. The withholding tax on cash withdrawal exceeding Rs50,000 a day will . . . → Read More: The daylight robbery

Kuwaiti Sunni, Shia pray first Jumma prayer together

Kuwait has moved to ward off sectarian tensions following a deadly bombing at a Shia mosque and has taken measures to try to prevent another attack by the self-styled Islamic State group.

Shias, who make up about a third of the oil-rich Gulf state’s 1.3 million citizens, have complained in the past of discrimination in . . . → Read More: Kuwaiti Sunni, Shia pray first Jumma prayer together

Islam has nothing to do with terrorism – Stop calling them IS, ISIS or ISIL

(By REHMAN CHISHTI) The shocking attack last week at a peaceful Tunisian tourist resorthas shown us once again that terror continues to be a threat. There is no question that the group behind this attack, which refers to itself as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (Isis) or as “Islamic State” is an . . . → Read More: Islam has nothing to do with terrorism – Stop calling them IS, ISIS or ISIL

Pak police forbids sale of toy guns

Police have banned the sale of toy guns in the district while issuing warning of legal action against people involved in the trade of these toys.

According to a handout issued here on Wednesday, Senior Superintendent Police Muhammad Saleem said no shopkeeper would be allowed to sell toy guns. He advised parents not to purchase . . . → Read More: Pak police forbids sale of toy guns

Killer summer heat kills hundreds in Pakistan

Nearly 300 have died in four major hospitals in the port city of Karachi, the provincial capital, a senior health official, Saeed Mangnejo, told the media.

Meteorological officials say the temperature in Karachi reaches 45 degrees which is a record since 1979.

Head of the Karachi’s main state-run Jinnah Hospital, Dr Semi Jamal, said 200 . . . → Read More: Killer summer heat kills hundreds in Pakistan

Quetta getting contaminated water supply

Balochistan Chief Minister Dr Abdul Malik Baloch has directed the chief secretary to investigate claims of sewage mixing with drinking water and contaminating piped supplies in Quetta.

The issue was placed before the Balochistan Assembly by PMLN-N legislator Rahila Hameed Durrani. She pointed out that some water pipelines of WASA were contaminated after sewage leaks . . . → Read More: Quetta getting contaminated water supply

TTP’s need for media presence

Ever since its creation in December 2007, Pakistan’s most vicious terrorist group the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has been at odds with the country’s mainstream media. At times coalescing and often intimidating, particularly against journalists whose parent companies would deny space for the TTP propaganda. Ironically, in the absence of stringent enforcement of regulations of the . . . → Read More: TTP’s need for media presence

The core issues in Karachi

No matter how anyone tries to describe Karachi, from the ethnic areas to the communities, and to the landmarks that spot the landscape, the economic hub of Pakistan is a city without peace. For many, Karachi is mini-Pakistan, where everyone can earn higher wages than they can earn in their villages and other urban . . . → Read More: The core issues in Karachi

Saving Pakistan

Can any Pakistani honestly imagine Pakistan holding together without its army? I do not know of any who answers this question in the affirmative, and the implications of this are devastating i.e that every major institution of the country is non-functional, and but for the discipline and cohesion in our army, we would have been . . . → Read More: Saving Pakistan

Pakistan National Budget 2015: Reality and claims

Brimming with excitement bordering on the histrionics that one normally associates with political rallies, trusted Mian Nawaz Sharif kinsman, Federal Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, presented what he insists is a “poor-friendly” Federal budget in the National Assembly (NA) on June 5. Detractors do not share the palpable enthusiasm of our “man for all seasons”, they . . . → Read More: Pakistan National Budget 2015: Reality and claims