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Senate Special Committee discusses demands of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government

Islamabad, June 14, 2016 (PPI-OT):Senate Special Committee in its meeting held briefing on the status of implementation on Committee’s directives regarding recommendations of twenty four demands made by the government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The meeting was held under the chairmanship of Senator Muzaffar Hussain Shah here at the Parliament House on Tuesday.

Regarding demand relating to petroleum development levy, the petroleum ministry told the committee that this matter pertains to finance division. The finance division’s joint secretary, however, said that this levy is handled by the petroleum ministry. FBR also was of the view that the issue comes under the domain of petroleum ministry as the petroleum development levy has very particular purposes and FBR is only responsible for collecting the levy.

Chairman of the committee asked the petroleum ministry to submit this view in written form so that we stop moving in circles. The committee was told that the recommendations pertaining to planning and development was resolved amicably after negotiations and consultations between the federal government and the provincial government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

The committee asked ministry of petroleum to provide a copy of the petition lodged in Peshawar High Court as a result of which the court had given a ruling to give royalties on LNG so 6that accurate information about the controversy can be obtained. However, the ministry said that the royalty is already being paid and there is no cause of action.

FBR told the meeting that Cross Jurisdiction Input Tax Adjustment bill is under consideration in National Assembly as part of budget proposals. Senator Taj Haider, however, said that the withholding tax collection this will lead to is having a negative impact on collection of sales tax on services. Regarding recommendations of railways and water and power, both sides agreed that work progress seems to be on the right track.

For more information, contact:
Public Service Obligation to Chairman
Syed Hasnain Haider
Senate of Pakistan
Tel: +9251 920 4564 534
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H.No.7, Cat-II, G-8/2,
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