Jan 012018

The people of Gilgit-Baltistan are fighting for justice and are protesting against the imposition of taxes. Their arguments are sound and logical. The region is deprived of a provincial status and its residents do not enjoy the rights of full citizens.

Without granting full citizenship to the people, the imposition of taxes will be qualified as an unjust move.

Zahid Ali



For the past couple of weeks, the region of Gilgit-Baltistan has been a theatre of continual protests against the efforts of the federal government to impose new taxes on its people. Given that the region continues to remain deprived of the status of a full province, and lacks representation in parliament, the taxes in question amount to taxation without representation.

The argument of the government that since it undertakes developmental projects for the region, it possesses the right to impose taxes is flimsy and unreasonable. The latest ten-day-long protest by the people of GB should be enough to clear any doubt about the sentiments of the people about such taxes. The region deserves the status of a full province, and must be given representation in the Senate and the National Assembly.

Rahat Naseem


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