Beauty, it seems is set to come at a higher price in Pakistan, after a proposal from none else than a law maker that a 100 percent tax should be imposed on beauty parlours which were at present completely out of the tax net.
Participating in the debate over the general budget in the National Assembly, a parliamentarian belonging to the PML-Q Forward Bloc suggested that a new tax of one hundred percent should be imposed on the flourishing business of beauty parlours which was totally tax-free.
Interestingly, women parliamentarians also supported the MNA's idea!
Shaikh Allauddin, the parliamentarian, suggested imposition of the tax on beauty parlours saying this business required less capital investment but made huge profits. This business fell in the luxuries category and its income had never been taxed in the past, The News quoted him as saying.
He cited examples saying during the peak wedding season, beauty parlours in posh areas had more than hundred brides' made up every day, each paying tens of thousands of rupees. Several members smiled and laughed at the suggestion. Few of them rose to extend their backing to this suggestion.
Interestingly, the Deputy Speaker Rana Mashood Ahmad Khan who was chairing the session, also tried to cut a joke by saying that lady members in the house 'who are used to having heavy make up' should also make some suggestion on the matter. This remark from the Deputy Speaker left the House is splits of laughter.