KARACHI - The Sindh government has objected existence of Central Zakat Council (CZC) despite subject of Zakat has been devolved to the provinces under 18th Amendment.

The Sindh government also contradicted the figures of 18 percent of Zakat and Ushr being collected from the Sindh province and decided to raise the issues in the upcoming meeting of Council of Common Interest. Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah directed the Sindh Zakat Department to move a case for council of common interest and necessary permission be obtained for collection of Zakat from Sindh province.

Chairing a high-level meeting of Sindh Zakat Department, the Sindh Chief Minister also said that after 18th Amendment and passing of NFC Award, there should be no need of existence of Federal Zakat Council. The CM said that now Zakat & Ushr is totally provincial subject, and as per the law the collection and distribution of Zakat from province becomes ultimate responsibility of Sindh province.

Qaim added that the federal government had asked all provinces to frame new law in this regard and Sindh was the first province which prepared necessary law and rules.

He disagreed to the claim of over 18% collection of Zakat from Sindh province and termed it controversial, while if there is such meager collection, the province of Sindh be allowed to collect the Zakat as per law and decisions under 18th Amendment are must to be full filled.

Earlier, it was informed that a meeting was held on August 27, 2011, in which it was decided that collection of Zakat is provincial subject and provinces have to make necessary arrangements for collection of Zakat. It was also informed that a meeting of all chief secretaries has been convened at Lahore on 9th.