Gilgit-Baltistan a disputed territory according to United Nation resolutions is still under representation despite the state of Pakistan holding utmost administrative authority.Gilgit In an important meeting of Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP), held on July 27, 2009 in the federal capital recommended a constitutional amendment making it mandatory for the FBR ‘to take prior approval from the Parliament of Pakistan before issuing any taxation related amendments, SROs, notifications and changes in tax laws”. As NO taxation without representation is a cardinal principle accepted by every civilised nation of the world and embodied in Article 77 of the 1973 supreme law of the land. It is perpetually violation an act that remains unnoticed at public level (a national English daily reports in 2009).
In a recent visit the Chief Secretary Gilgit-Baltistan, Babar Hayat Tarar bashed a local citizen for requesting the facility of Gynecologist, medical practitioner at the District Headquarter Hospital in Khaplu Valley of Ghanche District. The Chief Secretary, who is responsible for the administrative affairs of the province, debated a common citizen of GB telling him that you don’t pay a single rupee tax. The person clarified the chief secretary that GB is a tax free zone and they are not liable to tax due to their disputed status and lack of representation in the federal legislative institutions.
In a video viral on the social media the Chief Secretary Babar Hayat appears reinforcing that GB is a not a disputed territory and the Government of Pakistan allocates 100 billion rupee budget every year.
It is important to inform the Chief that the people of GB pay all the direct taxes against the commodities, which they use in their daily routines as equal to a citizen living in Punjab or Sindh, while all the civil servants of GB also pay income taxes. The only tax a common citizen in GB is not paying is indirect taxes for the local business firms and property tax.
Despite being not entitle to any tax according to the Constitution of Pakistan’s 1973, Article 77 they are already paying the direct taxes. But the rest of the tax like property tax and taxes on local business is also going to be implementing in the coming five years according to the controversial governance order, GB Order 2018 and until then GB has been given exemption from all the indirect taxes.
Last but not the least it is not the people of GB who are escaping the tax but it is the constitution of Pakistan which makes it a tax free zone, due to its no representation in the federal legislature.
The people of GB are ready to pay as much taxes as any other citizen of Pakistan is liable to pay if given due representation in the Parliament of Pakistan.
Chief Secretary being a responsible officer should not give baseless reasons to cover up his failure and incompetency in providing the basic health rights to the people.
Death of women during labor has become so common in Ghanche that the people have now become hopeless from the provincial administration.
The life of a human being is so precious that it should not be lost due to lack of basic health facilities-enshrined by the constitution of Pakistan.
The statement of the Chief Secretary has been highly condemned by the local populace for undermining their basic needs against the illegitimate propaganda of taxation.