SIALKOT

A one window facilitation desk for overseas Pakistanis has starting functioning at Sialkot International Airport.

Federal Ombudsman Secretariat officer Hafiz Ahsaan Ahmed inaugurated the office during a special ceremony. Addressing the participants, he said that it was the seventh one window facilitation desk, which has been established at Sialkot airport after Islamabad, Lahore, Karachi, Quetta, Peshawar and Multan for the Overseas Pakistanis.

Talking to newsmen, he said that there was exemplary working relationship between the officials of Federal Ombudsman and the 13 other agencies, which had been providing maximum relief for the overseas Pakistanis.

He added that Federal Ombudsman Secretariat was striving to resolve the complaints and problems of the perturbed overseas Pakistanis on priority basis. He said the Federal Ombudsman Secretariat dealt 270,463 complaints lodged by the overseas Pakistanis during the last three years and provided them with speedy relief with zero backlog. He said that less than 1 percent complaints are forwarded to the president of Pakistan.

He said that Federal Ombudsman Secretariat was also making some positive and effective measures for ensuring early, easy and hurdle-free justice and maximum speedy relief to the overseas Pakistanis.

He said that implementation cell has also been established besides formulating special advisory committees to facilitate the overseas Pakistanis. He said that Overseas Pakistanis have been playing a pivotal role in strengthening national economy by sending billions of rupees to Pakistan.

Taxpayers asked to benefit from new scheme: Regional Chief Commissioner Inland Revenue Syed Imran Raza Kazmi has asked Narowal based traders to play their role in strengthening national economy by paying taxes under the Voluntary Tax Scheme.

He said that those had not yet paid payable taxes for the last 10 years could take maximum relief under the scheme recently introduced by the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) for expending the tax network and brining maximum people under the tax net.

He was addressing a meeting of the Narowal-based traders held at TMA Hall Narowal. He said that there would be no audit of the tax returns to be submitted by the traders from 2015 to 2018 under the scheme. As they have to submit their tax returns at least for four years, he said and added that the FBR had been making efforts to provide maximum relief for taxpayers.

RALLY: A score of the students took out a rally against the government ban on the student unions. The students marched on various inter-city roads in Daska city. They were carrying banners and placards. They chanted anti-government slogans and demanded immediate withdrawal of the ban imposed on student unions.