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Swat hoteliers blast govt for levying heavy taxes

MINGORA: The hoteliers in Swat on Saturday rejected every kind of taxes levied by the federal government on lodge business.

Talking at an emergency assembly of the house owners and employees of resorts right here, chief of the All Swat Lodges Affiliation, Zahid Khan, alleged that the federal government had dedicated the financial homicide of the enterprise neighborhood and lodge business by imposing heavy taxes on numerous pretexts.

“On one hand, the federal government is making tall claims to advertise tourism within the province however, on the opposite, it has crippled the employees and house owners of lodge sector with totally different sorts of taxes,” the hotelier stated, including that the federal government ought to present reduction to the businessmen and merchants.

He stated that their resorts have been destroyed throughout militancy and the next army operations however they rebuilt them on self-help foundation. He stated now the federal government had began fleecing the hoteliers with visitors’ entry, tourism license charges, cleanliness, social safety, meals security and municipal taxes.

Zahid Khan stated the resorts’ house owners have been being harassed by registration of instances underneath numerous sections of environmental legal guidelines. Affiliation’s common secretary Wakil Ahmad additionally spoke on the event and blasted the federal government for its poor insurance policies, which had rendered hundreds of employees jobless.

The house owners vowed that they might launch protest motion and transfer courtroom if the federal government didn’t cease illegal actions and withdraw heavy taxes to avoid wasting the lodge business.

Written by Swat Valley

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