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Dar lauds FBR officers 2014-15 performance, asks to do more

Dar lauds FBR officers 2014-15 performance, asks to do more

Urges for friendly attitude with taxpayers

LAHORE: Federal Finance Minister Ishaq Dar said on Wednesday lauded the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) tax officers for their performance in 2014 and 2015 regarding the tax collection.

Addressing the tax officers in the FBR office here during his visit to the Lahore Customs House, he expressed his satisfaction over the FBR officers’ performance and stressed for fixing more difficult and aggressive targets of tax collection for the next year.

Dar said the FBR did the work in two years instead of four years in collecting huge amount of tax and bringing thousands of people into the tax net. Dar said the PML-N government had to take tough and unpopular decisions of tax collection, and the nation would enjoy its fruits in days to come.

It was the PML-N government which made 40 percent cuts in non-development budget and took so many hard decisions after taking charge and the PML-N had already given a road map to restore economy in its manifesto which was still on the website of the party, he added.

He said the PML-N government started work and made comprehensive plans to stabilise Pakistan’s economy while it was in opposition and by the grace of Allah Almighty, Pakistan would be the 18th biggest economy of the world in next some years.

The Minister asked all political parties to get united and join hands with the government for complete restoration of Pakistan’s economy. He informed that country’s foreign exchange reserves had crossed US$ 15 billion due to dynamic policies being pursued by the government and hoped it would reach to US$ 21 billion in coming days.

The Finance Minister said the government had to turn towards the International Monitory Fund (IMF) for paying back old debts taken by previous governments.

He, however, urged the officers to adopt friendly attitude with the taxpayers especially with business community. Special Assistant to PM on Revenue Haroon Akhtar and other officers were also present on the occasion.