Renowned writers, intellectuals and thinkers stressed the need for the promotion of social harmony and progressive thinking to end growing extremism and terrorism in the society.

They were speaking at a seminar organized by Saraiki Region Progressive Writers Association at Multan press club with Dr Syed Jafar Ahmed, Karachi Director Pakistan Study Centre, in the chair.

Speaking on the occasion, Saraiki Region’s PWA president Dr Anwar Ahmed said that writers, poets and intellectuals have always played a vital role in eliminating extremism from the society. He stressed upon the writers and intellectuals to raise voice against extremism and Kalashnikov and suicide jacket culture. Dr Anwar Ahmed said it was very pathetic that very little progressive literature had been produced in the country since long while the extremist elements had captured the space left by progressive writers and intellectuals.

Special guest from Quetta Dr Shah Muhammad Muree said that as the nation was facing the challenge of extremism, the situation required the writers and poets to intensify their efforts to promote social harmony and human values. He urged Saraiki h writers to translate literary works of other languages into Saraiki language.

Dr Salahuddin, Dr Khalid Saeed, PWA Saraiki Region’s secretary general Dr Rashida Qazi, Multan district president Syed Irfan Haider Shamsi, Dr Qazi Abid, Prof Mazhar Abbas and others also spoke on this occasion.

Multan Zone constituted

The provincial government has constituted Multan Zone of Punjab Revenue Authority to recover services tax and the zone office has started functioning, a revenue official disclosed on Wednesday.

Addressing a news conference here at Raza Hall, Deputy Commissioner of the Revenue Authority Zeeshan Nazeer khan said that the local office of the authority would work to recover services tax from Multan, Dera Ghazi Khan and Bahawalpur divisions. He said that the broadening of the tax net had become inevitable for the stabilization of national economy. He pointed out that majority of the service provider companies and institutions declined to pay their tax as a result of which national exchequer suffered massive financial loss. He said that the authority would issue warning to all tax evaders and registration of enterprises would begin very soon. “All the enterprises resisting registration will be booked under law and sealed,” he warned.

He told the journalists that the government had tasked the authority to recover tax from marriage halls, hotels, restaurants and commercial enterprises. He stressed upon the traders and all other professionals to get themselves registered otherwise strict legal action would be taken against them.