Traders call for simplifying present taxation system

24 August 2022

Business community in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa blamed the present cumbersome procedures and documentation process as the main hurdle to broadening the existing 'tax-base' and urged the government to simplify the taxation system.  It is dire need of hour of reforming and simplifying the taxation system with the consultation of real stakeholders, says Zahiullah Shinwari, former president Sarhad Chamber of Commerce and Industry while responding to a question of an officer of 31st senior management course, National Institute of Management, Islamabad during a meeting here at Chamber’s house that was chaired by acting president Imran Khan Mohmand here on Wednesday.Shinwari said the present complicated taxation system was the main obstacle in widening the existing tax-base. He called for simplifying the taxation system and adopting traders-friendly policies.To another query relating to Pak-Afghan Bilateral Trade, ex-president of the SCCI said declining trend in mutual trade between Pakistan and Afghanistan began since singing of the Afghan Transit Trade Agreement (ATTA) in earlier 2010, which had made without making proper consultation with business community of both side the border, consequently, Pak-Afghan bilateral trade volume dropped exponentially, which is currently stood at approximately less than 400 to 500 million dollars from previously 2.5billion dollars. Similarly, he expressed serious apprehensions over sluggish progress on the preferential trade agreement (PTA) and free trade agreement (FTA) between Pakistan and Afghanistan. On the other hand, he added, the sufficient measures didn’t take place to improve infrastructure to accelerate trade between the two neighboruing countries. A 14 member delegation of 31st Senior Management Course, NIM Islamabad was spearheaded by Directors Staff NIM Islamabad Samreen Zahara and Seemi A Khan. Javed Akhtar, vice president of the chamber, Malik Niaz Ahmad, Faiz Muhammad Faizi and Sherbaz Bilour, former presidents of the SCCI, former vice president Abdul Jalil Jan, executive members Ghulam Hussain, Naeem Qasmi, Waqar Ahmad, Zahoor Khan, Muhammad Aurangzeb, Mubjeebur Rehman and Aftab Iqbal, Fazle Wahid, Ihsanullah, Shamsur Rehman, Senior management/Officers of Daud Sons Armory Peshawar, traders’ leaders,