PM urged to define mandate of head of SAPM, FBR. The Express Tribune
Former Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Revenue (SAPM) Aaron Akhtar said on Saturday that Prime Minister Imran Khan had to draw a line between the responsibilities of his successor – the newly appointed SAPM on Revenue – and the Chairman of the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) Huh.
I am speaking Express newsTalk show, The Review, Akhtar said that the revenue to the Prime Minister was dr. The mandate of the newly appointed SAPM on Waqar Masood Khan and FBR President should be clearly defined as tremendous efforts were needed to bring about a change in the FBR system.
Commenting on reports of friction between the FBR and the new appointment, Akhtar said that the SAPM has no executive powers and drew all its powers from the Prime Minister. To smooth things over between the two, he said that Prime Minister Imran should clearly define whether SAPM was appointed to reform or increase revenue, adding that if the goal was to bring reform SAPM should be asked to submit a plan. PM should empower them to implement it.
Allegedly, Drs. Masood is not said to be happy with the current top level of the FBR and there have been some incidents when there were serious differences. On the other hand, the members of the FBR, finance advisor Drs. Hafeez has raised the issue with Sheikh, Drs. Instructions are given regarding the role and responsibilities of Masood. The FBR members also met the Finance Secretary and gave him their complaints in this regard.
At the event, the hosts and guest also discussed the Finance Ministry’s October Economic Outlook Report, which is not good news for Pakistan’s economy.
The report projected a climate of low economic growth and high inflation, suggesting that the scenario would further increase unemployment and poverty in Pakistan. The risks for Outlook are lower with the resurgence of Kovid-19 infection, the report said.
Commenting on the impact of Kovid-19 on the economy, Akhtar said that the government cannot take many permanent measures during the first wave of coronovirus epidemic. He said that drawing a pink picture showing improvement in some indicators would not solve the real issues.
Noting that there should be paradigm changes in the FBR system, Akhtar said that there were no “fantasy fixes” as it is a slow and steady process and the changes would not happen overnight.
Strategic issues amid political instability
Meanwhile, amidst the controversial statements of Ayaz Sadiq and Fawad Chaudhary last week and political wrangling amidst the uproar in Parliament, the host drew attention to two major developments in India.
It was underlined that on 27 October, when Pakistan was celebrating Black Day to Kashmiris, the Indian Ministry of Home Affairs struck down a law that prohibited non-Kashmiris from illegally buying property in Indian-occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK) Had given. Under the new law, any Indian can now buy non-agricultural land in IIOJK.
The second development is the signing of the Basic Exchange and Cooperation Agreement (BECA) between the US and India. The agreement is part of the ever-increasing strategic and defense cooperation between the two countries.
The objective is clear that the US is strengthening ties with India to counter China, something that has a huge impact for Pakistan. Due to the increasing political divide and no working relationship between the government and the opposition, these issues are not properly debated in Parliament; Which has become a fighting club. The hosts said that it is time to at least separate the domestic political issues from the main national and foreign policy issues.