[The Nation 25 April, 2019]

ISLAMABAD – The Supreme Court on Wednesday withdrew the interim order passed by former chief justice Mian Saqib Nisar and restored all taxes on crediting the card by cellular network subscribers. The order stated that all the interim orders for suspension of taxes are withdrawn and all taxes shall remain intact. The top court further observed that it shall not interfere into tax and revenue related matters in this case.

The suo moto notice was taken by former chief justice Nisar on May 3, 2018, on the grounds that the matter involved public interest. The ex-CJP later on June 11 last year had suspended the deduction of taxes.

However, Justice Ahsan remarked that deduction of taxes from those not falling within the definition of taxpayer is violation of fundamental rights. He inquired the Attorney General for Pakistan Anwar Mansoor Khan regarding instructions from Prime Minister on the matter of Advance Tax. AGP replied he could not meet with the premier but the Income Tax Ordinance is clear on Advance Tax. He contended that whether a person is filer or non filer he is liable to pay tax under the Ordinance.