Islamabad: Pakistan has urged the international community to take note of India’s aggressive posturing about taking “physical jurisdiction” of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, warning that such “belligerent” statements have the potential to further escalate tensions and seriously jeopardise peace in the region. Pakistan’s statement came hours after External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar asserted that Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) is India’s part and one day New Delhi expects to have “physical jurisdiction” over it. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details He also asserted that there is no need to “worry” too much beyond a point about what people will say on Kashmir as it is an internal issue on which India’s position has “prevailed and will prevail.” Addressing his first press conference in New Delhi after assuming the office in the Modi 2.0 government in May, Jaishankar also hit out at Pakistan, saying India has a “unique challenge” from one neighbour and it would remain a challenge until that neighbour becomes a normal neighbour and acts against cross-border terrorism. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday Asked about remarks by some Indian leaders that henceforth talks with Pakistan would be only about PoK and not on Kashmir, Jaishankar said, “our position has, is and will always be very clear on PoK, that it is part of India and we expect one day we will have physical jurisdiction over it.” Reacting sharply to Jaishankar’s statement, Pakistan on Tuesday said it calls on the international community to take “serious cognisance of India’s aggressive posturing” on PoK. Such “irresponsible and belligerent” statements from India have the potential to further escalate tensions and seriously jeopardise peace and security in the region,” Pakistan’s Foreign Office said in a statement. “We strongly condemn and reject the inflammatory and irresponsible remarks” made by the Indian External Affairs Minister regarding Pakistan and PoK. “These remarks are an obvious manifestation of India’s utter frustration over the continued international censure of its egregious human rights violations in Kashmir,” the statement said. India cannot divert international attention from its crimes against the innocent people of Kashmir by blaming Pakistan, it said. Pakistan stands for peace, but would be ready to respond effectively to any act of aggression, the statement said. Instead of resorting to jingoistic rhetoric, India must rescind its illegal actions, stop forthwith grave human rights violations in Jammu and Kashmir, refrain from violating international law, and fully comply with UN Security Council resolutions for a final settlement of the Jammu and Kashmir dispute, the statement added. Tension between India and Pakistan escalated after New Delhi revoked Jammu and Kashmir’s special status on August 5. Reacting to India’s move on Kashmir, Pakistan downgraded diplomatic ties with New Delhi and expelled the Indian High Commissioner. Pakistan has been trying to internationalise the Kashmir issue but India has asserted that the abrogation of Article 370 was its “internal matter”. New Delhi has also asked Islamabad to accept the reality and stop its anti-India rhetoric. Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has vowed to raise the Kashmir issue at the UN General Assembly session in New York on September 27. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is also scheduled to speak on the same day. At his press conference when asked whether there could be a possibility of the leaders of India and Pakistan meeting on the sidelines of the UNGA, the external affairs minister commented, “just look at the climate of the relations right now, I think that itself should give you the answer that you are looking at.”
New Delhi: A national e-assessment centre (NeAC) will be setup in the national capital as part of the government’s ambitious plan to launch faceless and nameless assessment for income tax payers from next month. The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT), that frames policy for the Income-tax department, has issued an order for the creation of the Centre. The Centre will have 16 officials and will be headed by a Principal Chief Commissioner of Income-tax (PCCIT) as its chief. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: IcraThe NeAC will be an independent office looking after the exclusive work of e-assessment, a senior official told PTI. While 1984-batch Indian Revenue Service (IRS) officer K M Prasad has been appointed as the chief or PCCIT of the new Centre, 1993-batch IRS officer Ashish Abrol has been appointed as the Commissioner or second-in-command of the new unit, they said. Staff strength in the junior ranks will be bolstered in the future, officials said. Also Read – Ashok Leyland stock tanks over 5 pc as co plans to suspend production for up to 15 daysFinance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has said the e-assessment scheme will be rolled out from October 8– when ‘Vijayadashami’ will be celebrated. The NeAC will serve notices to the assessees specifying the issues for selection of their case for assessment and after a response is received from them within 15 days, the centre will allocate the case to an assessing officer using an automated system, a government notification had earlier said. “A person shall not be required to appear either personally or through authorised representative in connection with any proceedings under this scheme (e-assessment) before the income-tax authority at the National e-assessment Centre or Regional e-assessment Centre or any unit set up under this scheme,” the notification stated. In case assessees or their authorised representatives want personal hearing to make their submissions or present their case before the income-tax authority, they will be allowed to do so “in any unit” and such hearings shall be conducted exclusively through video links or any other such facility, it said. In her budget speech, Sitharaman had said the existing system of I-T scrutiny assessments involves a high-level personal interaction between the taxpayer and the department, which leads to certain undesirable practices on the part of tax officials. “To eliminate such instances, and to give shape to the vision of the prime minister, a scheme of faceless assessment in electronic mode involving no human interface is being launched this year in a phased manner.” “To start with, such e-assessments shall be carried out in cases requiring verification of certain specified transactions or discrepancies,” she had said.