Kohat estate agents call for end to property transfer tax – Newspaper

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KOHAT: Estate agents on Wednesday rejected the “unwarranted” 12-15% tax imposed on the transfer of homes and land, and demanded its removal.

They made the request at a meeting chaired by the former Nazim of the Kohat district, Gohar Saifullah.

Participants said real estate activity had been affected by the imposition of the tax. They said the poor could not afford to pay huge taxes on homes bought with their life savings. They said people had bought land to build houses but the government imposed an annual tax on them.

They alleged that staff at the delivery center opened by the deputy commissioner demanded 15,000 to 20,000 rupees from people for simply correcting their names.

On occasion, Gohar Saifullah said that this tax in other provinces was only 2%.

HOSPITAL RECONSTRUCTION: Social and political circles have deplored the delay in the reconstruction of the Liaquat Memorial Hospital (LMH).

They also demanded the provision of necessary machinery and specialist doctors to KDA University Hospital.

Addressing a press conference here on Wednesday, Karwan-i-Kohat chairman Saeed Akhtar said the LMH should be rebuilt with oil and gas royalty funds belonging to the deputy commissioner.

He regretted that KDA University Hospital does not have a burn center, MRI, CT scan and other specialized facilities.

He said PTI lawmakers had promised these facilities since 2016, but to no avail.

He said reconstruction work at the LMH was inaugurated by former chief minister Pervez Khattak in 2018, but the work had encountered difficulties.

SEALED: Food safety officials from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and the Halal Food Authority on Wednesday sealed a production plant of a bakery and spice shops for unsanitary conditions and tampering.

The action was taken on the directives of the authority’s deputy director, Asad Qasim.

A trader was also heavily fined for using fabric dye in spices.

Many businesses have been geolocated and licenses have been issued to certain traders, who complied with food safety standards.

Posted in Dawn, November 10, 2022

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