MULTAN: Police arrested three suspects during house-to-house search operation launched here at Makhdoom Rasheed police station areas, police said on Sunday. According to the police, accompanying law enforcement agencies officials, the police team encircled the area and blocked the traffic on the road passing through the areas of Qasba Makhdoom Rasheed, Mauza Chattha, Chak 1-Faiz and suburban areas. Police teams cordoned off the area and targeted dozens of houses and make biometric identification of 59 people. The teams arrested three suspects and also recovered two illegal weapons during the search operation. Further investigation was underway from the suspects, police added.
Property tax: The Excise and Taxation Department has written a letter to Multan Development Authority (MDA) officials for payment of about Rs eight million pending dues on its commercial markets, colonies in connection with property tax. Director Excise and Taxation Abdullah Khan told here on Sunday that the MDA had established four to five commercial markets and colonies in the city and give them to tenants on rent. He said about eight million pending dues on these markets in line with property tax since from 2002 and they had written various letters to MDA for recovery of dues from tenants. Excise department has launched crackdown and sealed various shops in last month of January. He said reminder letter had recently been sent to MDA Director General for recovery of pending dues from their markets tenants. He said necessary action would be taken according to rules against the tenants and pending dues would be collected by sealing their shops over non-payment of dues. About property tax survey, Director Excise said sample survey was in final stages while door to door survey was also in progress which would be completed in next three months. He said new rates would be charged after completion of property tax survey from July 1, 2020. He said there were 150,000 property taxpayers and recovery target was set Rs 750 million annually. He said 20 to 25 per cent new buildings likely to add in new property survey which was being conducted after five years, he said and added that property tax recovery target would reach to Rs one billion. Abdullah Khan said action was being taken against running and chronic property tax defaulters on daily basis. To a question about entertainment tax, Abdullah said negotiations between government and film association were in progress. He, however, said relaxation on property tax has been ended by December 2019, and entertainment tax to be functional from January 2020. He stated that there were 15 cinemas functional in Multan City while theaters were regularly paying 20 per cent entertainment duty per stage programme.