Ministerial complement for Hayatabad Township
The KP Minister of Revenue, Taimur Saleem Jhagra’s remarks about Hayatabad sound flattering. He has said that Hayatabad is a model for the rest of the province. Elaborating on his point, he said that 25 percent of the property tax of the entire KP came from Hayatabad alone. He said that during the financial year 2019-20 a total of one billion rupees were collected under the head of property tax from the KP province. Out of this total, a huge amount of fourteen crore and ten lakh rupees came from Hayatabad. On August 20, he presented cheques amounting to Rs14,10,00,000 to the Directress-General of the Peshawar Development Authority (PDA), Ammara Khan. The minister said that this amount should be spent on the welfare of the residents, who lived in all the seven phases of Hayatabad. There is no doubt that most of the Hayatabad residents are law-abiding. They are fairly organised in paying their utility bills on time. Being doctors, professors, lawyers and businessmen, they file their income/property tax returns through qualified consultants. However, in terms of providing amenities, the authorities do not fulfill their duties. For example, they have no foolproof security against thefts, daylight robberies, car lifting and kidnap-for-ransom. CCTV cameras in homes and offices have been installed at an enormous cost. But burglars, dacoits and hired assassins roam free. Due to these threats, several capable doctors have moved with families to safer places elsewhere. Tributes to taxpayers from the prominent cabinet members are like music to the ears, but the administration should also return the favours to the citizens.