2.19 million Income tax returns filed

Islamabad, December 26, 2020 (PPI-OT): The taxpayers’, who filed Income Tax Returns till 8th December, 2020 were 1.78 million. That number has further increased to 2.19 million with the addition of 377,766 more returns filed from 9th December till the issuance of this Press Release. Income Tax paid during filing of returns stood at Rs. 31 billion. The number of Income Tax Returns for previous year till the same period was 1.98 million and the tax paid was Rs. 16 billion. This year there is twofold increase in income tax paid with the annual returns.

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Second Secretary (Public Relations)
Federal Board of Revenue (FBR)
FATE Wing, Federal Board of Revenue,
Constitution Avenue, Sector G-5,
Islamabad, Pakistan
Phone: +92-51-9217267
Fax: +92-51-9208456
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Modi should keep Hitler’s fate in mind: AJK President

Islamabad, December 26, 2020 (PPI-OT): Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) President Sardar Masood Khan has reminded India the fateful end of Adolf Hitler’s adventurism, and said that if random use of force had been the solution of issues, the Nazi dictator would have been ruling Europe and the Soviet Union after the World War-II. “If brute force was the only currency of power, Hitler would have ruled Europe and part of the Soviet Union after World War 2. He did not.

Let’s not forget the collective force of major powers was used to stop him,” In a statement issued on Saturday, he advised India to give up the use of force, pay attention to the Kashmiris legitimate call for the grant of the right of self-determination, and resolve the long-standing Kashmir conflict through political and diplomatic means in accordance with the wishes and aspirations of the Kashmiri people.

Expressing grave concern over reports of the worst torture against thousands of Kashmiri youth rotting in jails in occupied Jammu and Kashmir as well as in India and their brainwashing to deter them from the demand of freedom, the state president called upon the UN Human Rights Council and other international human rights organizations to intervene, and ensure release of these youth and the political prisoners. “We are deeply concerned about the fate of the 13,000 boys who were abducted by the Indian occupation forces and put in the so-called “de-radicalisation” camps where they are being tortured,” Khan said.

He went on to say that these are in fact Nazi-like concentration camps designed to brainwash Kashmiri youth demanding freedom, break their will and prepare the ground for transfer or extermination of the part of the Muslim population. He said that more than 13,000 Kashmiri youth were arrested by Indian occupation army after the history’s worst crackdown in the held territory in the wake of August 5, last year and their parents and relatives are not being allowed to see them nor is any information about them being provided to their families.

“An Indian civil society organization had confirmed the arrest of these youth with full figures, but the Indian regime has kept mum about their whereabouts, trial or release so far, which has created doubts about their health and security, he added. He maintained that besides detaining thousands of political leaders and activists and subjecting them to inhumane and degrading treatment, restrictions on the internet and curbs on freedom of expression are also asphyxiating.

Taking exception to the statement of the former Indian Army chief and the current chief of defence staff Gen Bipin Rawat in which he had said that the use of random force had become inevitable to resolve the Kashmir issue, Sardar Masood Khan said that the statement had come from a man who had commanded the Indian Army.

The statement, he maintained, reveals a highly dangerous and disastrous trend, and suggests that India has established concentration centres on the pattern of Nazir Germany where the Kashmiri youth are tortured and indoctrinated through violence and psychological means to compel them to give up their demand for freedom and the right to self-determination.

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President of Azad Jammu and Kashmir
President Secretariat, Muzaffarabad Azad Jammu and Kashmir
Kashmir House, F-5/2, Islamabad
Tel: +92-582-2920401, +92-519-214692
Email: presidency@presidentajk.gov.pk
Website: https://www.presidentajk.gov.pk/

Pakistan Post moves to 67th position in World Rankings

Islamabad, December 26, 2020 (PPI-OT): Pakistan Post has moved up by 27 places from 94th to 67th position in the Universal Postal Union (the global organization of postal services) World Rankings 2020. The ranking is based on best service, confidence over service quality, reach, hard work and dedication. In 2016, Pakistan Post was ranked 94th with 29 points.

Pakistan Post’s newly launched digitization project will take it to new heights in postal service in the world. The countries that are on the top of the Industrial Sector Rankings have grabbed the top positions in the Post Service Rankings.

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Ministry of Information and Broadcasting
Government of Pakistan
4th Floor, Cabinet Block, Pak. Secretariat, Islamabad, Pakistan
Tel: +92-51-9103557
Email: info@moib.gov.pk
Website: http://www.moib.gov.pk

Pakistan’s Armed Forces fully prepared to deal with any misadventure: Naval Chief

Islamabad, December 26, 2020 (PPI-OT): Naval Chief Admiral Amjad Khan Niazi says Pakistan’s Armed Forces are well aware of all sorts of nefarious designs and also fully prepared all the time to deal with them. He was addressing 114th Midshipmen Passing out Parade at Pakistan Naval Academy in Karachi on Saturday.

The Naval Chief said Pakistan is a peaceful country and desires friendly and cordial relations with its neighbours. However, he said, our desire for peace should not take as weakness. Admiral Amjad Khan Niazi said Pakistan Navy, armed with its modern equipment, is present and alert in the regional and international waters. The commissioning parade comprised 120 Pakistani officers and 62 others from friendly countries. On the occasion, the chief guest also distributed prizes among position holders.

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Government of Pakistan
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Website: http://www.moib.gov.pk

Billion Tree Honey Initiative will stimulate Pakistani economy: Yang Rong

Islamabad, December 26, 2020 (PPI-OT): The Billion Tree Honey Initiative recently launched by Prime Minister Imran Khan will be a workable project to alleviate poverty and develop the bee products sector and will lead to broad prospects of Pak-China cooperation in this field.

These views were expressed by the Chairman China Bee Products Association, Yang Rong in Beijing on Saturday. He said Rich natural and human resources have equipped Pakistan with favourable conditions to develop the bee products industry. Yang said, under CPEC agriculture cooperation, we’d love to share experiences and techniques with our iron brother in bee keeping sector.

He said it will stimulate the Pakistani economy, create jobs, and also alleviate local poverty. Yang said China being the largest Bee producer and market will do its best to promote Pak-China cooperation in apiculture and support Pakistani bee products industry.

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Ministry of Information and Broadcasting
Government of Pakistan
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Pakistan rejects Indian Prime Minister’s claims about democracy in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir

Islamabad, December 26, 2020 (PPI-OT): Pakistan has rejected the Indian Prime Minister’s preposterous and fallacious claims about democracy in the Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir following the so-called election of District Development Council.

In a press release on Saturday, Foreign Office spokesperson Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri said the RSS-BJP brand of democracy only means the muzzling of the Kashmiri voice and will, under the bayonets of Indian army guns.

He said the new chapter that the RSS-BJP regime is writing in IIOJK is one marked by brutal military siege since 5 August 2019, egregious violations of human rights in the occupied territory, and untold sufferings for the Kashmiri people.

The spokesperson said false Indian narratives can neither deceive the Kashmiri people nor mislead the international community. He said they can’t divert attention from the core issue of the Kashmiris’ inalienable right to self-determination.

The spokesperson said rather than resorting to diversions and obfuscations, India should end its illegal occupation and meet its obligation of holding a plebiscite allowing the Kashmiris to exercise their right of self-determination as enshrined in the relevant UN Security Council resolutions.

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Ministry of Information and Broadcasting
Government of Pakistan
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Email: info@moib.gov.pk
Website: http://www.moib.gov.pk

PM reiterates to make Ehsaas Program the best poverty alleviation program in world

Islamabad, December 26, 2020 (PPI-OT): Prime Minister Imran Khan says the government will ensure universal health coverage in Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa by the end of next year under the Health Card Scheme. He was addressing a ceremony in Chakwal on Saturday after performing ground-breaking of various development projects. These projects include Chakwal University, a five hundred-bed hospital, a Law College and the Ring Road.

The Prime Minister said by next year, every family in Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa will have Health Card, enabling them to get free medical treatment up to one million rupees in any hospital of the country. He said the government plans to build a health system that will ensure basic health facility across the country. He said the private sector is being encouraged and facilitated to establish hospitals.

Underlining the importance of education for overall development of the country, Imran Khan said the government that plans for the next generations focuses on education. He said the country will grow fast if its youth is equipped with education and technological skills.

Imran Khan said his government is working to reduce the debt burden of the country. In this direction, he said, a major milestone has been achieved. He said the country’s Current Account has been in surplus for the last five months for the first time in 17 years. Similarly, he said fiscal deficit is also being controlled.

The Prime Minister vowed to make the government’s Ehsaas Program the best poverty alleviation program in the world. He said he is going to launch another program aimed at ensuring that no citizen sleeps hungry. He said a revolutionary local government system will be introduced that will empower people at grassroots level.

Alluding to the opposition, Imran Khan said the PDM is undermining the country by targeting the institutions in their speeches. He regretted that the language being used by the PDM leaders is same to that of the Indian propaganda machine against Pakistan. He said the opposition complains of rigging in the last elections, but it neither presented any evidence nor did it move any forum in this regard.

Imran Khan said the previous rulers who looted wealth of the country want to build pressure for securing NRO on their cases. He said giving them NRO by any government will be tantamount to sedition against the country.

Later talking to newsmen, the Prime Minister expressed dismay at his political opponents’ self-centred tactics and predicted that soon their parties would face formation of forward blocs in the assemblies.

He said having spent millions of rupees on election campaigns, how the legislators of the opposition parties’ alliance could resign on the assertions of their leadership.

The Prime Minister said the parliamentarians would not accede to such demands as they know it very well that such antics are employed by their leadership to save their corruption.

He said whole nation knows the corruption tainted leaders very well, who have plundered the country during the last 30 years.

The Prime Minister reiterated his strict stance of no compromise over opposition’s corruption cases and said any NRO even by any government would be the biggest treason.

He said targeting Army Chief and Director General Inter-Services Intelligence is tantamount to speaking the language of India which has the most anti-Indian and anti-Muslim government of the Subcontinent.

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Government of Pakistan
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