Gilgit - Baltistan

GB Council demands 100% GST and 80% of customs revenues, or tax free zone status

Asim Iqbal

Islamabad, December 16: The Gilgit Baltistan Council met today here in the federal capital to consult the idea of tax imposition in Gilgit – Baltistan. Federal Minister and incharge of GBC, Mian Manzoor Watto, presided over the meeting .

Members of the Council hailing from GB demanded that 100 percent amount of GST and 80 percent share from customs duty should be given to GB. They also demanded that if their revenue sharing formulae is not accepted the GB region should be declared a tax free zone.

“Gilgit Baltistan is paying hundred of thousand rupees as indirect tax per year”, the members said. “We want the  money to be  spent on the welfare of the people of Gilgit-Baltistan”, they added.

The nominated member from center Aftab Shaban Mirani, raising objection, said that these issues were technical and it was necessary to consult with CBR before their approval. After Mirani’s objection, the meeting was adjourned.

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