Islamabad—The All Pakistan Business Forum has expressed serious concerns over the Government’s decision to impose new taxes of Rs500 billion in the upcoming national budget. The common man across the nation is already suffering, and the masses are not ready to accept this additional tax burden, while the decision will also intensify the economic challenges faced by the business community. The President of APBF – Mr. Ibrahim Qureshi stated that: “The trade and industrial experts suggest that; Instead of levying additional taxes on the masses, the government of Pakistan should grant greater autonomy to the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR), to raise the tax collections by trillions. Globally it has been proven that the countries that accorded autonomous status to their tax-authorities, have seen growth of 40 to 120 percent in their revenues. With the current economic pressures on the citizens, this plan to put extra tax of Rs500 billion seems unfair and counter-productive. As it will open new floodgates for rampant corruption and debilitating inflation.” Qureshi further said that the government should not over-burden the masses, and it should rather initiate reforms in the FBR to provide financial relief to the masses, while boosting its revenues through other measures like; broadening the tax-net, controlling corruption and overcoming the large-scale tax-evasion in the country.