Pakistan Stock Exchange witnesses steepest fall of 3 years

KARACHI: The KSE-100 index of Pakistan Stock Exchange saw a down turn with a decline of more than 1810.76 points closing at 48,7870.81 points on Thursday. 

During trading, the benchmark index was down -4.4% which is the steepest fall since August 11, 2014 when the market fell by -4.5%. 

As the budget has been announced, a trend has been witnessed in the market – investors are selling their shares. 

This is because of the increase in tax on dividends from 12.5% to 15%. The shares that were bought on July 1, 2013 now have a tax of 15% on them.

The increase in taxes has a negative impact on the share market, according to financial analyst Muzammil Aslam.