ISLAMABAD Protesting against bulldozing of the Value Added Tax law under immense pressure of the International Monetary Fund, a majority of the members of the National Assembly Standing Committee on Finance on Thursday walked out of the meeting. According to details, Chairperson of the National Assembly Standing Committee on Finance, Fouzia Wahab continued the meeting even after the Lower House went in session on Thursday evening. The opposition members requested the Chair to reconvene the meeting on Friday, if it was so urgent but she in the first place decided to go for voting over the issue. When the Government at the point of time happened to be in minority in the meeting, the Chair remained determined to go on with the meeting despite a majority voted against it. Eventually, the opposition members namely Kashmala Tariq, Rasheed Godil, Kahlida Mansoor and others walked out of the meeting in protest against the chair for not adhering to the sanctity of majority. At the same time the Chambers of Commerce and Trade, Karachi and Rawalpindi have rejected the Value Added Tax. They were of the view that they did not agree with the notion of the VAT, which was being imposed under the IMFs pressure. During the meeting, Kashamala Tariq also pointed out that where were the other chambers of the country. If the Government was to implement the VAT across the country, then why the Committee did not invite chambers other than Karachi and Rawalpindi, she observed during the meeting. Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, though did not walked out of the meeting along others in protest, was also of the view that the VAT should not be bulldozed under the IMFs pressure. Later, in the evening IMF Resident Representative in Pakistan, Paul S Ross came to see Humayun Akhtar Khan, PML-Q (Likeminded) Secretary General, in order to discuss the VAT. According to well-placed sources, the IMF representative tried to convince the PML-Q (Likeminded) for implementation of the VAT. Earlier, the Committee decided that the VAT was very significant for the economy of Pakistan; however, concerns of all the stakeholders should be appropriately addressed before finalising the VAT Bill. Thus, it decided to continue its deliberations and discussions in the next meeting of the Committee.