Recent news

Latest items of recent news relevant to Pakistan as reported in our fortnightly newswire ‘Dernières nouvelles’. 

Pakistan: Sindh Revenue Board backtracks on employee registration

A law introduced back in 2021 required that all employees who earned commissions or fees on the basis of sales they make for their employer should register separately under the Sindh Sales Tax on Services Act, 2011 …

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Pakistan: Income tax deductions

Individual taxpayers may now claim tax-free medical expenses from their employer, or be paid a 10% allowance each year to cover medical costs …

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Pakistan: Family-friendly reforms

The Maternity and Paternity Leave Law has now been signed by President Arif Alvi and has immediate effect …

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Pakistan: Statutory health insurance

The Securities and Exchange Commission for Pakistan has recommended that the government introduce mandatory employee health insurance for private companies …

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Pakistan: Transgender law struck down

The Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Act, 2018 has just been declared invalid by the Federal Shariat Court …

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Pakistan: Safety and security

Foreign companies operating in the country should take great care about the security of their personnel, especially if working on projects in remote areas …

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Pakistan: Punjab raises minimum wage

The most populated province of Pakistan, Punjab, has increased its private sector minimum gross wage by Rs7,000 to Rs32,000 (US$111 …

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Pakistan: Country rapidly running out of foreign exchange and major risk for international employers

The country’s problems are principally due to its heavy subsidies to a badly organised and corrupt power sector, its commitments to an ever-demanding military and enormous clean-up bills from widespread flooding last Summer …

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Pakistan: The Apostille Convention will enter into force on 9th March 2023

Correctly certified documents from Pakistan will then be accepted in more than a hundred countries …

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Pakistan: Increasing representation of women in trade unions, federations stressed

Although there is increasing representation of women in trades unions, such organisations are currently weak and ineffective …

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Pakistan: CPI inflation hits 27.3% Y/Y in August 2022

Although hyperinflation has yet to hit much of Asia, Pakistan is already facing it head on …

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Pakistan: New disability law will increase protection for at least 3.3 million people

The national parliament has just passed the “ICT Rights of Persons with Disabilities Bill” and it now awaits signature by the President …

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Pakistan: NAB won’t be able to probe graft cases below Rs500m

New legislation to prevent investigation of corruption of below Rs 500M …

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Pakistan: Government ends job ads that target minorities

Punjab employers will no longer be able to advertise menial jobs as suitable to those from racial minorities …

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Pakistan: Shehbaz Sharif raises minimum wage of govt employees to Rs25,000

The new Prime Minister, Shehbaz Sharif, has promised to increase public sector pay by 10% and fix the minimum wage in the private sector to Rs25,000 …

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