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Tax promises

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Three years ago, the PTI Manifesto 2018, ‘The road to naya Pakistan’, made some two-dozen tax-related promises. The word ‘tax’ appears 43 times and ‘reform’ 46 times. A promise is a “declaration or assurance that one will do something or that a particular thing will happen.” To promise is to “assure someone that one will definitely do something or that something will happen.”

Promise number 1: “We will build a Special Task Force to launch a drive to recover looted national wealth parked in offshore tax havens (page 12).” Fact: More than 50 percent of the PTI’s mandated tenure is over. Can we ask as to how much of the ‘looted wealth parked in offshore tax havens’ has been recovered?

Promise number 2: the “PTI will reform [the] FBR and increase the tax net through a robust tax policy, efficient tax administration structure and........

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