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December 22, 2010

RGST being opposed for political gains: Taseer


December 22, 2010

LAHORE: Punjab Governor Salmaan Taseer has said some political parties have staged a “political Tamahasa” on the RGST, trying to gain political mileage on the issue.
He was addressing the 9th convocation of the University of Central Punjab (UCP) at the Expo Centre here on Tuesday. He said, “We have to pay the RGST because without increasing the tax net, it is impossible for the country to attain self-sufficiency.”
He said Pakistan was the lowest tax paying country in the region where the tax rate was less than 10 per cent while Sri Lanka had a tax rate of 17 per cent. “People in the world enjoy football and cricket and we enjoy politics,” he added.
He said, “In the world of knowledge-based economy, we should also focus on knowledge-based subjects such as information technology.” He said Pakistan was a country of brave people who had fought bravely against natural calamities like floods and earthquakes. The Pakistani nation took care of the largest number of IDPs in the world as well as refugees.
The Punjab governor also congratulated Faiza Attique, a UCP student from the faculty of engineering, on receiving Roll of Honour with 4 GPA. Salmaan Taseer said girls were outshining boys in every field. He urged the students to play their role in the rehabilitation of the flood affected areas. He appreciated the contribution of UCP Board of Governors Chairman Mian Amer Mahmood to education.
Talking to reporters after the convocation, PPP leader Fauzia Wahab termed imposition of the Reformed General Sales Tax (RGST) important for the survival of the nation. She said President Asif Ali Zardari’s letter to PML-N Quaid Nawaz Sharif also focused on self-reliance of the country through a regulated revenue system. To a question, she said the government was also cutting its expenditures, adding that it was in process of disbanding few ministries as it did in the past.
To another question, Fauzia Wahab said the government was not fearful of

any political move and those who said they could topple the government should do it in the assembly. She also dispelled an impression that the government was being blackmailed by the JUI-F after separation from the cabinet.
The UCP Pro-Rector, Dr Syed Tahir Hijazi, said higher education was a fundamental requirement to improve the quality of life and ensure social and economic progress. He said one of the biggest achievements of the university was its active role in national research.
Over 264 degrees were awarded to successful graduates in different disciplines, including MBA, BBA Honors, Engineering, MS Computer Science and MS Telecommunication. The participants burst into a laughter when Fauzia Wahab called Mian Amer Mehmood “Amer Mughal.”

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