Withdrawal of Customs Act 1969 demanded

Islamabad—Lawmakers belonging to Malakand Division Tuesday demanded the government to withdraw the Customs Act, 1969 immediately, terming it against the annexation agreement. They also threatened that all 10 MNAs hailing from Malakand Division will tender resignations if their demand was not met.
Raising a Calling Attention notice regarding applicability of the Customs Act, 1969 to Malakand Division and Dis-trict Kohistan, Sahibzada Tariqullah apprised that under annexation agreement no custom act could be extended to the division and requested the government to withdraw it.
Dr. Ibadullah of PML-N while endorsing the viewpoint of Sahibzada Tariqullah said that Swat, Chitral and Dir were independent states before annexation. At the time of annexation, it was decided that no tax would be levied in these areas, he added.
He said the areas were hit by various calamities like earthquake and flash floods recently. The extension of custom act would further burden the people of the areas, he added.
Iftikhar ud din of All Pakistan Muslim League said the Malakand division comprises around 50 per cent of the total Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and there was public disagreement on the government’s decision.—APP

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