Transporters opposed custom duty on non custom paid vehicles.
By: Gul Hamaad Farooqi
CHITRAL: Terichmir Driver Union opposed imposing of custom duty on non custom paid (NCP) vehicles at Chitral. Addressing a press conference at Chitrall press club Syed Nasir Hussain General Secretary of Terichmir driver union (TDU), Haji Muhammad Yousuf president, Mir Ajab Khan Finance secretary and Amir Ali Khan president local Mazda drivers said that Chitral is a backward and poor district and most of drivers gain their livelihood as taxi drivers by these NCP vehicles. But now the government wants to impose custom duty on these vehicles 35% on 88 model vehicles and 45% on new model vehicles which is out of the reach of poor drivers and transporters. They said that government remitted loan of billion of rupees to its citizen and we also appeal to remit custom duty at Chitral. They said that we already pay token fee to government as renewal fee of these NCP vehicles. They said that most of poor segment of the society running these NCP vehicles as Taxi and they gain their livelihood by this way. They said that at first when these vehicles were infiltrated from Afghanistan so a large number of people sold their land and purchased these vehicles. If the government imposed their custom duty on these vehicles it will be out of the reach of poor people. They appeal to concerned authority to exempt these NCP vehicles from custom duty at Malakand division and particularly at Chitral to enable its people to gain their livelihood through these NCP taxi cars.
G.H. Farooqi C/O Manager bank Islami Main branch Chitral phone No 0943-320737, 0943-316052, 0943-414418 , 03025989602, 03337069572, 03159698446, 03469002167