Protest against ‘illegal’tax system in GB


GILGIT: Massive anti-Pakistan protests were held across Gilgit Baltistan against illegal taxation by the Pakistani regime on Saturday. According to agencies, a large number of residents, small traders and businessmen today joined the protest against unfair taxation policy of the Pakistan government in Skardu, Gilgit Baltistan.

SUST: Shops are closed and vehicles parked at the Karakoram Highway near China-Pakistan Khunjerab border on the third day of protest in Gilgit-Baltistan on Wedneday.

Due to the protest and shutdown, economic activities in the entire Gilgit Baltistan have come to a standstill. All small and big businesses were shut down indefinitely against unfair and unjust taxes imposed on them by Pakistan. Businessmen in Gilgit Baltistan are opposing the illegal taxation policy. We will carry on with the protests with same force and zeal until the Pakistan government withdraws notification of taxes, a businessman was quoted as saying. One of the protesters slammed the Pakistan government and warned that their protest against its repressive and unjust policies will continue till they get rid of it. “Will you pay taxes to Pakistan on chickens kept in your households? Will you pay taxes on cow kept at your house for milk,” an angry protester asked while addressing a gathering in the Skardu city. On the taxation system, he said, “Taxes are imposed on additional family members, if you have more than five family members, an additional tax needs to be paid. I urge people of Gilgit Baltistan living in Karachi, Quetta, Lahore and other parts of Pakistan to be prepared.
We are going to take on Islamabad head-on,” an unidentified leader of the protesters said.