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Broadsheet case: FBR sends notice to NAB for causing loss to national kitty

Islamabad: The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has issued a notice to the National Accountability Bureau (FBR) for causing loss of $4.3 million to national exchequer by showing haste in payment of fine amount to Broadsheet, a UK-based asset recovery firm.

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Sources said that the anti-graft buster had paid $28.7 million to Broadsheet, which has become a hot issue since the London High Court announced verdict against Pakistan, without deducting a withholding tax amounting to 690 million in Pakistani rupees.

As NAB failed to comply with the rules, it will now pay the tax to the FBR, the sources added.

The services of Broadsheet were hired during the tenure of former president Pervez Musharraf to detect the assets of Nawaz Sharif, Asif Ali Zardari and other bigwigs.

However, NAB ended the deal in 2003, provoking the UK firm to move the court. In 2016, the court ordered the anti-graft buster to pay the fine to Broadsheet.

As Broadsheet scandal has become the talk of the town, the federal government has formed a one-member commission comprising former Supreme Court judge Azmat Saeed Sheikh.

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US Open champion Raducanu faces exit from Wimbledon

Emma Raducanu has struggled with a string of minor injuries since her sensational win at Flushing Meadows last year.

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US Open champion Emma Raducanu crashed out of Wimbledon on Wednesday, losing her second-round match against Caroline Garcia 6-3, 6-3 to the disappointment of the British home crowd.

The 10th seed, who was troubled by a side strain in the run-up to the Grand Slam, was broken five times in the match on Centre Court by her French opponent, ranked 55 in the world.

Raducanu, 19, was on the back foot early in the contest after being broken in her first service game and won just 45 percent of points on her first serve.

Garcia, fresh from winning on grass at Bad Homberg, hit 25 winners in an impressive display.

"Emma is a huge player and in her home tournament and she proved she can do very well on the big stage," said Garcia.

"I really enjoyed playing on Centre Court, it was my first time and very special."

Raducanu has struggled with a string of minor injuries since her sensational win at Flushing Meadows last year.

She has also come under scrutiny over her failure to settle on a long-term coach.

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LHC to announce verdict on pleas against Hamza's election as CM Punjab

LHC will announce the reserved verdict at 12:30pm on Thursday.

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Lahore: The Lahore High Court (LHC) will announce the reserved verdict on pleas against the election of Hamza Shahbaz as Chief Minister of Punjab.

According to details, a five-member larger bench headed by Justice Sadaqat Ali Khan resumed hearing the pleas today.

During the hearing, the bench sought arguments from Hamza’s lawyer that whether the Supreme Court’s verdict on the presidential reference related to defecting lawmakers applies to past events.

Hamza’s counsel maintained that the ruling doesn’t apply to past events unless the apex court itself says so.

Later, the court reserved the verdict and will announce it tomorrow at 12:30 pm.

In a previous hearing, the high court had hinted at holding fresh election for the post of Punjab’s chief minister under April 16 circumstances, when incumbent Hamza Shahbaz was elected in a poll on a court order. 

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PRA collects Rs168 bln in FY22, surpasses revised target of Rs165.5 bln

According to the spokesperson, the authority become the first provincial revenue collecting agency in the country to cross the psychological barrier of Rs150 billion

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Lahore: The Punjab Revenue Authority (PRA) has surpassed the upward revised target of Rs165.5 billion for the financial year 2021-22.

According to provisional collection figures up to June 28, 2022, the PRA collection stands at Rs168 billion, which is 108 per cent of the set target of Rs155.9 billion and 101.5pc of the revised target.

According to the PRA spokesperson, the authority expects substantial revenue in the last two days of the financial year and is hoping to end the year close to Rs170 billion.

It is worth mentioning that earlier this year, PRA became the first provincial revenue collecting agency in the country to cross the psychological barrier of Rs150 billion and the collection in June has further established it as the leading Provincial revenue collecting agency in the country.

This is the third successive year in which PRA has surpassed its revenue collection target. Earlier the Authority collected more than the assigned targets of Rs.105 billion and Rs.125 billion in the financial years 2019-20 and 2020-21 respectively. 

PRA spokesperson further elaborated that this success has been achieved without resorting to any coercive actions such as sealing of premises, attachment of bank accounts or collection of advance payments.

PRA has relied completely on collaboration with all stakeholders and emphasis on taxpayer facilitation and education. More than 200 awareness workshops were held during the financial year with more than 2,000 participants. 

PRA expects the growth trend to continue in the coming years as its management and all workforce is committed to continuing its focus on compliance without resorting to any measures that adversely affect ease of doing business.

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