Taxing agriculturalists

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

This is with reference to the letter “Tax evasion” (News Post, March 7). It seems the writer doesn’t know that it is the non-payment of income tax by agriculturists which is destroying the country. The exploitation of peasants by agriculturists is well-known. For a start I suggest that all the agriculturists start paying the minimum wage of Rs7,000 per month to their tillers.

Rather than taking action against industrialists, it would be better if the government now starts recovering income tax from agriculturists as recommended by no less a person than our ex-foreign minister, Shah Mehmood Qureshi, who himself is an agriculturist.

Shakir Lakhani
Published in The News, March 09, 2011