Jul 042017

The system of paying the vehicle ‘token tax’ at post offices has been discontinued. Now, the tax is only payable at the offices of the Excise and Taxation (E&T) department. The office nearest to me, (although some 10 kilometers away) is the one at Walton Road, Lahore. After remaining closed since July 1, it reopened on Tuesday (Jul 4), but there was such a mad rush that it was not possible for a 76-year-old man like me to reach the service counter.

In progressive states, systems are constantly improved to make them user friendly – but not here. In Pakistan, however, a simpler system has been made cumbersome for no reason.

Dr Anwar Kabir Sheikh


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