ISLAMABAD: Talks between the government and traders took place on Tuesday(October 29) which did not prove to be fruitful.
The call for nationwide strike by the traders of Pakistan gained momentum after the computerized national identity card (CNIC) was made mandatory to conduct buisness and which also allows the government to monitor some transactions in order to raise taxes.
The talks failed despite the proclamation that they didn’t fail by the former Pakistan Tahreek-e-Insaf (PTI) secretary-general Jahangir Tareen, who was trying to convince both the sides to show leniency. Tareen, however, hoped that a breakthrough would be achieved on Wednesday (October 30).
When a reporter asked Jahangir Tareen why the talks failed he explained that progress was made no matter how small it was and it wouldn’t be considered a failure.
The session of talks lasted 5 hours at the Q Block –the seat of Finance Ministry, which was also briefly attended by Adviser to Prime Minister on Finance Dr Abdul Hafeez Shaikh.
“I cannot accept the demands of withdrawing the CNIC condition and charging income tax on the turnover basis from medium and large-sized retailers,” FBR Chairman Shabbar Zaidi stated.
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