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CSS qualified couple aims to address Pakistan’s two most critical issues

Dr Hajra says she will ensure increased tax collection, her husband will ensure security
Photo via X/@MusingsbyHajra
Photo via X/@MusingsbyHajra

A couple, who recently cleared Pakistan’s highest civil service exam on their first attempt, has aimed to address the country’s two most critical issues: increasing revenue collection and maintaining peace.

“My husband is now in the police and I am in the IRS. He will ensure security and peace by ending crime and I will ensure prosperity by resolving the revenue collection issue,” she said in an interview with Aaj News.

Dr Hajra Niaz and her husband Huzaifa Mughal, cleared the Central Superior Services 2023 exam.

Huzaifa was allocated in the Police Service of Pakistan and Dr Hajra in the Inland Revenue Services.

Pakistan’s tax-to-GDP ratio fell from 10.4pc in 2017-18 to 8.5 per cent in 2022-23, far below the Asia and Pacific average of 19.8%. Finance Minister Muhammad Aurangzeb has vowed to broaden the tax base to improve the economy and ensure that the country does not seek more loans from the International Monetary Fund.

Moreover, the country is also dealing with a fresh surge in terrorism activities in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan. Karachi has also seen an increase in street crimes.

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Dr Hajra gave credit to her parents, grandmother, and husband for her educational achievement.

She did her schooling at Army Burn Hall School and College, Abbottabad. She did her MBBS from Ayub Medical College, Abbottabad. In 2018, she was selected for the Youth Innovation Award by the KP government and under the UNDP, she worked for the welfare of transgender community and acid survivors.

Students, who are students of the CSS qualified officer, said that the couple was an inspiration not just for women but for everyone.

They were of the view that such a society would lead the country towards progress.

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