APROPOS the editorial ‘Tax amnesty scheme’ (Jan 4). People who do not pay their dues are wilful defaulters, and in fact, have been opposing the state’s efforts to collect badly needed revenue to combat terrorism, targeted killings and extortion.
In most countries, such elements would have been tried as criminals (if not traitors). In Pakistan, they are being rewarded. What kind of message is the government conveying to honest tax payers? That they are wrong in paying their due taxes? The only way to deal with non-payers is to confiscate their assets, freeze their bank accounts, put their names on the exit control list and try them in special courts.
The National Action Plan should also be used for this purpose. Let’s learn from our Chinese friends, where many corrupt people have faced the death penalty.
Shakir Lakhani
Published in Dawn, January 7th, 2016