RGST: Sheikh fails to win over the Sharifs

PML-N chief links support for new tax bill to good governance.

Irshad Ansari December 11, 2010

ISLAMABAD: The government’s top economic troubleshooter Dr Abdul Hafeez Sheikh has failed to win support of former prime minister and PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif for the reformed General Sales Tax Bill-2010.

Sharif says this will happen only if the government ensures good governance, ends corruption and tax evasion and reduces the size of the federal cabinet. However, he has accepted Dr Sheikh’s request to attend a comprehensive presentation on the issue from the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR).

This transpired in a meeting between an economic team of the government, headed by Dr Hafeez, and the Sharif brothers on Friday in Lahore, sources told daily Express newspaper.

In order to quash misperceptions about reformed GST, Dr Sheikh requested the Sharif brothers to attend a detailed briefing on the issue from the FBR. And the elder Sharif agreed to oblige, sources said.

“Sharif is flexible on this new tax issue,” a member of Dr Sheikh’s delegation told Express newspaper requesting anonymity. “If the FBR team manages to remove Sharif’s reservations, his party may support the reformed GST bill in parliament,” he said.

However, sources said that in the meeting Sharif refused to support the reformed GST bill. Instead he called upon the government to ensure good governance, end rampant corruption and “right-size” the federal cabinet.

Sharif promised support to the government on behalf of his party if it takes these steps for the revival of the country’s ailing economy.  PML-N spokesperson Siddiqul Farooq refused to comment on the development. “I’m not aware of any meeting between the Sharif brothers and the federal finance minister,” Farooq told The Express Tribune when contacted on phone.

Published in The Express Tribune, December 11th, 2010.


Muneeb | 11 years ago | Reply People don’t know what RGST is.Government has to tell them briefly about it then take it into parliament; politicians are using it for their own agenda and personal popularity. They are misguiding people of country.
Syed Farrukh Hussain Shah | 11 years ago | Reply After wikileaks, everyone should know that our politicians have always two faces,,,one for inhouse/americans and other of general public....but their real face is always been towards americans....I am from Hazara Division, which remains always loyal to Muslim Leaque since partition, and also opted to join pakistan via refrendom in 1947 against the will of ANP who were pro indians.... from that time people of hazara always supported muslim league,,,,recently through 18th amendment, just to have third time permiership Nawaza palyed a historical dirty game with Hazarawals by adopting the name pakhtoonkhawar, in which he snatched the identity of locals, who always supported him unilatarely..... Being the part of this dirty game,,,anything can be expected from him....in public he is opposing RGST, but inhouse he had given green signal to government for its impossing.... Thank you Regards Farrukh
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