Proposed hike of trillion rupees in taxes to hurt masses: Habibullah Zahid

ISLAMABAD, June 09 (INP): Chairman United Group of Islamabad Chambers of Commerce and Industry (ICCI) Habibullah Zahid has said that we reject the proposed hike of trillion of rupees in the taxes, terming it extortion which will hurt masses.

“We reject the move as it will make life difficult for the masses and the business community reeling under inflation and uncertainty.”

In a statement issued here today, Habibullah Zahid said that the government has failed to achieve anything and it has targeted masses to cover its inefficiencies.

He said that Army has voluntarily reduced its budget which has gone down very well with the masses and the businessmen and now we demand that politicians and bureaucracy should also sacrifice some of the luxuries in the national interest.

The Chairman United Group ICCI noted that Islamabad Chamber has been hijacked by a ‘qabza group’ since long which continues to bargain on the interests of the business community.

This group always ensures the election of incompetent to the top slots so that they remain dominant and their activities remain unchecked, he added.

Habibullah Zahid informed that one of the former presidents of ICCI has made shops worth million in the Super Market while other has doubled the size of his hotel in Blue Area by grabbing the state’s land.

Another noted former president of ICCI has occupied state land in Abpara Market while other elected officials of ICCI miss no opportunity to make money, he alleged.

The Chairman United Group ICCI said that the ongoing operation of CDA against encroachments is partial and the officials of the civic agency will never illegal properties owned by the business leaders belonging to ICCI for obvious reasons.

Habibullah Zahid said CDA and some other departments continue to widen the gulf between the masses and the government which must be noticed.