Pakistan's Best Tax Collector Fired

Here's the "controversial" videoclip:

Mr. Abdullah Yusuf, the most effective tax collector in Pakistan's history, has been fired while traveling overseas on official business.
It seems that the critics of President Musharraf have been obsessed with a YouTube video clip showing Mr. Yusuf dancing and President Musharraf and former Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz smiling. The focus has been on judging the performance of Mr. Yusuf on the dance floor and his relationship with Mr. Musharraf rather than his undeniable accomplishments as the chief tax collector of Pakistan. Indeed, this is sad day for Pakistan.

Mr. Yusuf's key accomplishments include doubling of the revenue collection to achieve an aggressive target of over Rs 1.04 trillion in 2007-08; implementation of broad-based reforms within the tax system; universal self-assessment regimes; paperless customs clearances and e-filing systems and customer responsiveness with the business trade and bodies for creating a friendly business environment. Before Mr. Yusuf's reforms, the tax collection bureaucracy in Pakistan was notoriously corrupt and inefficient and he faced a lot of internal resistance. Mr. Yusuf is a chartered accountant and financial management consultant with extensive experience in public and private sectors.

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Comment by khalid Hassan on August 1, 2008 at 11:16pm
With no disrespect intended, I really feel sorry for the guy, he must be expecting a raise or promotion for his OUTSTANDING performance (absolutely hilarious) that amused the entire crowd, especially put smile on some very important people's face. I am not sure why some people are upset about it, for the first time I see a bureaucrat dancing for people who always does otherwise………..What a tragedy!
Comment by Riaz Haq on August 2, 2008 at 7:41am
Most of Musharaf's critics wouldn't pay much attention to Abdullah Yousuf and his accomplishments until they saw him dance. While it gave some people a reason to smile, Musharraf's critics were "shocked" by Yousuf's "un-Islamic" behavior and saw another opportunity to go after him. These critics don't care much for good governance, they just want Musharraf's hide. The story of Abdullah Yousuf reveals a lot about how many Pakistanis think and judge each other.
Comment by Riaz Haq on May 6, 2015 at 8:54am

The irony: Cost to collect tax higher than tax collection in many major cities in #Punjab #KPK #Balochistan #Pakistan http://tribune.com.pk/story/881537/the-irony-cost-to-collect-tax-hi...

Out of the 21 formations, only six were collecting taxes, which were more than the total administrative cost and salary of officials serving at these stations. All these stations are located in Lahore, Karachi and Islamabad.

About 90% of the Rs64.3 billion was collected in these major cities since all major businesses have their head offices in one of these cities. The three LTUs situated in Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad pooled Rs57.6 billion or 90% of the total assessments.

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Faisalabad is the country’s third populous city and the textile hub. However, the station generated just Rs193.1 million in income tax through FBR’s efforts at a total cost of Rs527.6 million. RTO Multan pooled just Rs77.6 million because of taxmen’s efforts while its administrative cost was Rs523.5 million.

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The RTO Peshawar that deals most of the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) collected a meagre sum of Rs56.2 million at a cost of Rs561.4 million. The other station in K-P, RTO Abbottabad, collected Rs69.6 million through assessment but incurred Rs95.5 million. RTO Quetta collected Rs24.8 million at a cost of Rs86.2 million.

RTO Gujranwala – largely capturing the industrial area – collected Rs30.8 million at a cost of Rs317.6 million.

RTO Rawalpindi pooled just Rs46.4 million through FBR’s efforts at a cost of Rs417.2 million. RTO Sargodha collected Rs46 million at a cost of Rs187.8 million. RTO Sukkur collected Rs22.4 million at a cost of Rs223.8 million.

RTO Sialkot – hub of surgical and supports manufacturing units – collected Rs25.5 million at a cost of Rs240.5 million.

Faisalabad is the country’s third populous city and the textile hub. However, the station generated just Rs193.1 million in income tax through FBR’s efforts at a total cost of Rs527.6 million. RTO Multan pooled just Rs77.6 million because of taxmen’s efforts while its administrative cost was Rs523.5 million.

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