Opposition flexes muscles as GST likely in NA today


ISLAMABAD: Opposition parties in the National Assembly are all set to take on the government, which is likely to table the reformed general sales tax (RGST) bill in both Houses of the parliament today (Friday).
A well-placed source confided to the Pakistan Today that tabling a controversial piece of legislation in an already explosive situation in the lower house of the parliament could land the PPP-led government in hot waters.
PML-N senior leader and Opposition Leader Nisar Ali Khan said his party would make sure such legislation did not sail through the NA. “Supporting the RGST will be tantamount to committing a crime. If the government tries to impose it, we will resist,” he added.
PML-Q Khyber Pakhtunkhwa President Amir Muqam said his party had decided to oppose the controversial bill. Minister for Overseas Pakistanis Dr Farooq Sattar said his party, the MQM, would oppose the implementation of RGST and flood surcharge.
“These decisions would badly affect the lower class of the country and they would face massive problems. We think that government should impose taxes on feudal, landlords and industrialists. Moreover, the government should reduce its unnecessary expenditure,” Sattar said.