Federal Minister for Law and Justice Farogh Naseem said that because a lot of economic activity is generated in the agriculture sector, the government of Pakistan should collect agriculture tax.
Farogh Naseem was chief guest at the annual dinner of Pakistan Tax Bar Association (PTBA), the minister said that under Article 77 of the constitution tax had to be imposed as per the law, but after amendment of the 18th Constitution Amendment it had become a provincial duty.
However, Dr Farogh Naseem was quick to add that the law should be fair. When the size of the agro-based economy was SO large and constimted up to 80 per cent of the total country’s economic activity what was wrong if tax on agriculture is collected by the federal gov- ernment of Pakistan? ” Referring to a recent controversy over Article 149, the federal law minister said it was unfortunate that whenever an article of the Constitution was discussed a lot of hue and cry was raised.