PESHAWAR, October 2: People associated with the marble industry in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa have protested 200% increase in royalty tax.
The protesters from various areas of the province blocked the motorway interchange for four hours on 1 October, creating problems for passengers travelling from Peshawar to Islamabad.
Later, the protesters staged sit-in opposite the provincial assembly building, causing traffic jam on the busy Khyber and Sher Shah Suri roads.
Members of the marble industries’ association said they were paying electricity bills, sales tax, income tax, and royalty tax but that even then the provincial government had increased the royalty tax by 200%, which they termed an injustice.
Afterwards, Chief Minister Mr Pervez Khattak held negotiations with the association leaders who then ended their protest.