KARACHI: The federal government has rejected to allow Sindh to collect tax on the Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC) through the K-Electric bill, ending the proposed measure as a burden on Karachiites.
“I have spoken to Energy Minister Hammad Azhar regarding this matter and we will not permit the collection of taxes through power bills,” said the minister, while speaking to the media in Karachi.
On Wednesday, Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah had unveiled the provincial government's plan to collect two taxes on behalf of the KMC — fire tax and conservancy tax — from the citizens of Karachi through the monthly K-Electric bill.
Meanwhile, in a media speech from the KMC office, Karachi Administrator Murtaza Wahab said: “We should all support the KMC.”
Wahab asked the federal government not to create “barriers” to KMC activities.
He told reporters Umar and Minister for Maritime Affairs Ali Zaidi were against the Sindh government’s proposal.
“The KMC is trying to stand on its own and therefore, I expect Prime Minister Imran Khan to support Sindh in this regard,” he said.