Saturday, May 26, 2012

Everyone is doing Power Politics, while Imran wants to play Cricket in Parliament

Every Politician in Pakistan is doing Power Politics, as their aim is to get more Power, Authority and Money. However, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan is the only Politician, who is not struggling for Power or Money, in fact he want to fulfill his old desire of "Playing a Cricket Match in the Parliament".

Pakistani Politicians need Power and their Style of Revolution is actually the Revolution of Power and Money among themselves. No one, even Execute Cricketer Nawaz Sharif, cares about turning the Parliament into an Indoor Cricket Ground. The only passionate Politician, who has dedicated his life for this Noble Cause is Imran Khan.

Imran Khan is our last hope, for turning the Parliament House into an Indoor Cricketing Facility.

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Nelson Mandela belongs to Khosa Tribe : Governor Punjab Latif Khosa

Human Rights Activist and Former President of South Africa Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela belongs to the "Khosa Tribe" of Pakistan, revealed Governor Punjab Sardar Latif Khosa at African Day.

Governor Punjab Latif Khosa shook everyone by revealing that he and Former President of South Africa Nelson Mandela are relatives as both belong to Khosa Tribe. 

The Nigerian Ambassador was so impressed that he declared to "Name his son as Khosa".

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Imran Khan's Tax Theft

The so called Champion of Cleanliness, Imran Khan shook everyone by declaring that he did not file any Tax Returns until the Current Millennium, and then too not accurately.

One wonders, if this is not Tax Theft, then what is?

اوروں کو نصیحت    خود میاں فصیحت

Although Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan alleges every second person for Tax Theft, Imran Khan himself, in his sixty (60) years of life, has been committing Tax Theft, and has never payed or field correct Tax Returns ever.

When during an interview with Saleem Safi in Jirga Television Show, Imran Khan was asked to respond to the Charge that though he started his Professional Career in the 1970s, he had not paid his Taxes or filed Tax Returns. Imran Khan responded rather amazingly, "The first thing is I was not in Government. Two, my only income was from PCB and from County Cricket, and Tax was withheld by both at the time of payment".

However, Imran didn't realized that things are a bit more serious than he thinks. To keep it simple, he shall consider the Income Tax Ordinance 1979 (Which was operative until 2001, i.e. the greater part of Imran’s Career as a Cricketer and beyond) and the Wealth Tax Act 1963 (Which was only repealed in 2002).

Income Tax Ordinance 1979:

The Ordinance required every person in Pakistan to pay Taxes on his Worldwide Income. This means that if Imran Khan was resident in Pakistan during any of the years from 1979 to 2001 (The likelihood of course being that he was resident for Tax purposes throughout this period), he was obligated to pay Tax not just on Income arising in Pakistan (e.g. Payments received from PCB or its predecessor BCCP) but also Income earned outside Pakistan (e.g. on account of County Cricket). Under the Avoidance of Double Taxation Treaty between Pakistan and United Kingdom, he would have been given credit for Tax paid in the United Kingdom, but subject to that even Income earned in the United Kingdom needed to be disclosed in Pakistan and Tax paid on it. It was not exempt.

Regarding the point that PCB (or its predecessor BCCP) used to withhold Tax on payments made to Imran, one is not sure whether this was so, but even if Tax was withheld, this was not final discharge of Tax Liability. The Ordinance in fact created different scales of Tax Liability. One needed to aggregate all the income from various sources, and then depending upon the scale one fell in, to pay Additional Tax over and above what may have been deducted at source.

Imran Khan was required to aggregate his income from PCB  or its predecessor BCCP, Domestic Cricket, County Cricket, Sponsorship, Advertisements (Remember Lipton, Pepsi, Wills etc.), Television Commentary Fee (of course he did lots of commentary after 1992), Interest Income from Bank Accounts (unless of course he kept all his money in cash), the odd Plot he got (which too would be considered income), any Man of the Match or Man of the Series Awards from Sponsors, income from Commercial Properties (like Pace Shopping Mall, M M Alam Road, Gulberg, Lahore), income from Agricultural Enterprises (as he owns vast Agricultural Land in Mian Chunnu) and any other sources to determine his Final Tax Liability.

Besides, even if there was an odd year during which he may not have been resident in Pakistan for Tax purposes, he was still required to pay Tax in respect of income that "Accrues or arises" in Pakistan, after aggregating all such income. This alone would have been quite a handful, as listed above.

There was separately then the obligation to "File Tax Returns". This applied even to non-residents who had a source of income in Pakistan. Indeed "Every Person" whose total income exceeded the maximum amount not chargeable to Tax, was required to do so. It cannot truly be Imran’s case that his total income fell below the Taxable Limit – throughout the relevant period at least. In any case, after 1997, even a person who may have fallen below the Taxable Limit but undertook Foreign Travel was required to file a Tax Return.

One can therefore safely conclude that in the period between 1971 and 2001, Imran was liable to pay Tax in Pakistan on income accruing in Pakistan and Outside, and any Tax that may have been withheld at source did not mean that additional Tax was not payable. He was also obligated to file Tax Returns. The question of course is whether he did.

Unfortunately, the answer is no.

Wealth Tax Act 1963:

Under this Act any resident of Pakistan was required to disclose and to pay Tax on the prescribed rate regarding all Assets, including Assets "Located outside Pakistan". Imran has admitted that he owned a Flat in London since 1982. Imran was required to disclose this, and all his other Assets, in Wealth Tax Returns, and to pay Wealth Tax at the prescribed rates. Did he?

Unfortunately, the answer is no.

Indeed failure to file the requisite Tax Return alone is "Punishable with imprisonment for a term which may extend to one year, or with fine, or with both". Imran Khan of course has announced that when he is the Prime Minister, anyone guilty of having violated the Law (be it his mentor General Perviaz Musharraf) would be punished strictly in accordance with Law. One does therefore expect him to order Revenue Authorities to go after all Tax Cheats – no matter who they may be.

However, ethically Imran Khan shall pay all his Outstanding Tax Returns before calling others as Tax Thieves.

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Saturday, May 19, 2012

US apologizes to Pakistan (معاف کر دو بابا)

After months of Top-Level Discussions about making such a high-stakes Foreign Policy Decision, the Obama Administration has definitively decided to apologize to Pakistan for its repeated requests for aid and sent a message, "Maaf Kar Do Baba"  (معاف کر دو بابا).

A Senior US Official asked "When are they (Pakistan) going to apologize to us?" for a series of grievances, most notably that high-level terrorists such as Osama bin Laden gained safe harbor inside Pakistan in recent years.

The decision reportedly comes amid negotiations between Pakistan and the US in opening Ground-Supply Lines, which have been closed since the incident on the Afghanistan border that resulted in the death of twenty-four (24) Pakistani Soldiers.

Administration officials appear cautiously optimistic that the supply lines will soon be reopened, despite the US apology from lending further, considering comments made by White House National Security Adviser Tom Donilon.

The information presented above is offered in Good Faith and is correct to the best of our knowledge. If any factual errors have appeared here inadvertently, then we would be pleased to hear from anyone wishing to offer corrections.

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Saturday, May 12, 2012

Gilani announces "Love it or Leave it - Citizenship Policy"

Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani has announced "Love it or Leave it - Citizenship Policy", and categorically told his peasants to leave the country, i.e. if they don't like it.

The Prime Minister was questioned about a Gallop Poll which said only twenty per cent (20%) supported him while one third of Pakistanis wanted to leave the country because it was a Dysfunctional Society. To everyones amazement, Gilani responded "Why donít they leave, who is stopping them".

Prime Minister Gilani faces myriad national woes, a faltering economy, widespread poverty and corruption and now, his own future. About conviction from the Supreme Court, Gilani said that only Parliament had the right to force him from Office.

"If I'm disqualified, notified by the Speaker, then yes I have to," he said. Gilani defended himself by saying "Whatever I have done is according to the Constitution, it is not on any Moral Turpitude (Alike Imran Khan) or Financial Corruption (Alike President Zardari)".

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Thursday, May 10, 2012

Awais Leghari shall stay while N-League must resign : Dr Arif Alvi

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Secretary General, Dr Arif Alvi has dismissed demands for the resignation of  his comrade Awais Leghari from National Assembly, while in the same breath he has asked Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) to resign from National Assembly and specifically the Punjab Assembly.

Dr Arif Alvi dismissed the demands for the resignation of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Leader Awais Leghari  over "Floor Crossing in National Assembly" and called it a "Personal Matter".

However, in the same breath, Dr Alvi asked Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) to resign from National Assembly and specifically the Punjab Assembly.

Dr Alvi  defended his strange contradictory logic by calling his stances as "Different Matters".

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Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Pity the Nation : Justice Asif Khosa

Pity the nation whose servants treat their solemn oaths

as nothing more than a formality before entering upon an office.

Justice Asif Saeed Khan Khosa added this to Khalil Gibran’s Pity the Nation in a half a dozen page long Additional Note that was released with the detailed verdict in Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani’s Contempt of Court Case.

Justice Khosa quoted Khalil Gibran and with "An Apology" and said that Gilani’s conduct in the case is indicative of a Bigger Malady, one which if not checked or cured may "Overwhelm or engulf all of us as a Nation".

Justice Khosa then goes on to quote an extract from "For Whom the Bell Tolls" by John Donne

Each man’s death diminishes me,
For I am involved in mankind.
Therefore, send not to know
For whom the bell tolls,
It tolls for thee.

Justice Khosa further says that, in the Conviction of Gilani, lies our Collective Damnation.

He said Justice Mulk’s order is a step in the right direction as, "It kindles a flame of hope for a future for our Nation which may establish a Just and Fair Order, an order wherein the law rules and all citizens are equal before the law".

Justice Khosa’s addition to Pity the Nation is below.

Pity the nation that achieves nationhood in the name of a religion

but pays little heed to truth, righteousness and accountability 

which are the essence of every religion.

Pity the nation that proclaims democracy as its polity

but restricts it to queuing up for casting of ballots only

and discourages democratic values.

Pity the nation that measures honour with success

and respect with authority,

that despises sublime and cherishes mundane,

that treats a criminal as a hero and considers civility as weakness

and that deems a sage a fool and venerates the wicked.

Pity the nation that adopts a Constitution

but allows political interests to outweigh constitutional diktat.

Pity the nation that demands justice for all

but is agitated when justice hurts its political loyalty.

Pity the nation whose servants treat their solemn oaths

as nothing more than a formality before entering upon an office.

Pity the nation that elects a leader as a redeemer

but expects him to bend every law to favour his benefactors.

Pity the nation whose leaders seek martyrdom

through disobeying the law

than giving sacrifices for the glory of law

and who see no shame in crime.

Pity the nation that is led by those

who laugh at the law

little realizing that the law shall have the last laugh.

Pity the nation that launches a movement for rule of law

but cries foul when the law is applied against its bigwig,

that reads judicial verdicts through political glasses

and that permits skills of advocacy to be practised

more vigorously outside the courtroom than inside.

Pity the nation that punishes its weak and poor

but is shy of bringing its high and mighty to book.

Pity the nation that clamours for equality before law

but has selective justice close to its heart.

Pity the nation that thinks from its heart

and not from its head.

Indeed, pity the nation

that does not discern villainy from nobility.

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Laptops spreading Unethical Activities : Pervaiz Elahi

Federal Minister Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi has highlighted that the Punjab Government Laptop Scheme is spreading "Unethical Activites" across the province, and the Supreme Court shall take a Suo Moto Notice against this state sponsored vulgarity.

The Senior Leader of Pakistan Muslim Leage (Quaid) said "The so-called Khadam-e-Aala was not rendering any service to the cause of Education through Distribution of Laptops; however, he had wasted Rs three (3) billion in the process. Moreover, the Laptops are quickly spreading Unethical Activities in the province".

Obviously, Pervaiz Elahi is right, in fact he had some "Bitter Experiences" with Laptops. As his son Moonis Elahi effectively used Laptops and Computers in the famous NICL Mega Scam.

The information presented above is offered in Good Faith and is correct to the best of our knowledge. If any factual errors have appeared here inadvertently, then we would be pleased to hear from anyone wishing to offer corrections.

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Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Conviction cannot Disqualify the "Stubborn" : PM Gilani

Amid continuous demands that he should step down, Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani said that the Conviction in the Contempt Case against him is not related to Disqualification, as such Convictions cannot Disqualify the "Stubborn".

Prime Minister Gilani said that the thirty (30) second detention which, will also "Qualify a mention in the Guinness Book of World Records", did not have anything to do with Disqualification.

He said that the opposition should "Show some Patience" because he had the right to appeal his Conviction in the Court.

The Prime Minister said that the regulation of the house was the Speaker’s Prerogative and that if the speaker, Dr Fehmida Mirza, disqualifies him he will join the "People of Pakistan".

He said, "Some say why did I not tender a resignation on the basis of Morality, I ask, was I convicted for committing any acts of Moral Turpitude, such as The Sita White Case? I was only convicted because I acted according to the Constitution".

Gilani said that he was "Totally Independent" and enjoyed Immunity while Discharging his Duties.

Praising Imran Khan's polite stance, Gilani said, "Imran Khan proved to be better than the Sharif Brothers in this regard".

Moreover, Gilani said that Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf President Javed Hashmi had met him at his nephew’s wedding and he said that his party will take a decision only when the Court decides something.

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Update 24th May: Speaker National Assembly Dr Fehmida Mirza, has rule that a Prime Minister as stubborn as Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani cannot be Disqualified under Article 63(1)(g) of the Constitution.

The Speaker said that according to Article 63 of the Constitution, the question of the Prime Minister’s qualification "Does not arise". She has also decided against forwarding the Supreme Court’s Reference to the Election Commission of Pakistan.