Lahore: The Lahore Chamber of Commerce & Industry has urged the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) to stop tax officials from creating an atmosphere of harassment.
In a statement issued here Tuesday, The LCCI Acting President Mian Tariq Misbah said that the LCCI had received a number of complaints that the FBR was using negative tactics to meet its revenue targets.
The LCCI members have complained that FBR was creating problems to the industrial sector without giving any kind of notices what so ever and has held clearance of the goods at the Karachi Customs Port.
He said that all the leading economies were giving incentives to expedite economic activities in their respective countries but in Pakistan the people who are sitting at the helm of affairs were doing the otherwise at this point in time when almost all the businesses were facing a number of internal and external pressures.
Mian Tariq Misbah said that it was very unfortunate that despite clear direction of the Federal Finance Minister Ishaq Dar and Chief Minister Punjab Mian Shahbaz Sharif, the bureaucracy is creating troubles for the businessmen who are backbone of the economy.
He said that the manufacturing sector was already passing through very critical times due to unavailability of needed electricity & gas and in dire need of handholding by the government to run their businesses.
He said that the private sector was ready to supplement all government efforts aimed at revival of economic activities in the country if they are provided breathing space but in the presence of such anti business tactics, it would be very difficult for the private sector to continue with their businesses.
He said that the Federal Finance Minister should take stock of the whole situation and stop the FBR officials from misdoings.
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