Gilgit, July 7: The Importers and Exporters Association of Gilgit-Baltistan has challenged the imposition of income tax in the region in a court, through a writ-petition filed by Advocate Ehsan Ali.
The petitioner has maintained that the Gilgit-Baltistan region is not a constitutional part of the country so the imposition of taxes there is illegal.
Residents of Gilgit-Baltistan have been resisting imposition of taxes in the region on the basis of the globally accepted principle of “No Taxation with Representation”. The locals are of the view that until GB gets representation in the national parliament, they will not pay income tax to the government.
However, the Gilgit-Baltistan Council, which is a federal dominated body, has been pressing for imposition of income tax in the region in view of the financial issues being faced by the government, which completely depends on Islamabad for finances.