RGST to be in­tro­duced af­ter con­sen­sus: min­is­ter

The Pak Banker - - 2national -

IS­LAM­ABAD: Fed­eral Min­is­ter for Labour and Man­power and Re­li­gious Af­fairs Syed Khur­shid Shah said on Mon­day that the Re­formed Gen­eral Sales Tax (RGST) bill would not be in­tro­duced in the par­lia­ment with­out de­vel­op­ing con­sen­sus in the house. Khur­shid Shah was re­ply­ing to reser­va­tions made by Leader of the Op­po­si­tion in the Na­tional Assem­bly Chaudhry Nisar, who crit­i­cized the state­ment of the United States Am­bas­sador on the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the RGST bill. He said that the par­lia­ment was a fo­rum, which would pass or re­ject the bill adding that the govern­ment would in­tro­duce the bill af­ter build­ing con­sen­sus.

"The bill will not be pre­sented in the par­lia­ment un­til the op­po­si­tion agrees," he said adding that the govern­ment wanted to take the house in con­fi­dence be­fore in­tro­duc­ing the bill. On the is­sue of Hajj cor­rup­tion scan­dal, Khur­shid Shah said that the mat­ter was in the court. He said that the govern­ment had sacked two fed­eral min­is­ters and such an ex­am­ple was wit­nessed only once dur­ing the era of late prime min­is­ter Muham­mad Khan Junejo. The op­po­si­tion should ap­pre­ci­ate the good de­ci­sions of govern­ment, he added. He said that be­ing the cur­rent re­li­gious min­is­ter, he would try his best to make the process for the up­com­ing Hajj jour­ney trans­par­ent and cor­rup­tion free. Khur­shid Shah as­sured said that the de­ci­sions of the Busi­ness Ad­vi­sory Com­mit­tee would be im­ple­mented adding that the govern­ment had al­ready given de­tails of about 15 bills to be in­tro­duced dur­ing the on­go­ing ses­sion of the Na­tional Assem­bly. -App

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