ISLAMABAD (INP) The Pakistan Economy Watch (PEW) on Sunday said that existing income tax laws have failed to deliver therefore country needs new and simple income tax law that is easily comprehensible, business friendly, fair and acceptable to all the stakeholders. The time-tested, well-settled and easily understandable Income Tax Ordinance, 1979, was replaced by complex Income Tax Ordinance, 2001 which was drafted by a foreign expert who was not well aware of the ground realities, it said. The ordinance which was enforced on the directives of foreign lenders invited criticism from concerned quarters before promulgation, said Dr Murtaza Mughal, president of PEW. It changed basic scheme of the law and brought in inexplicable terminologies. It was amended 600 times within one year which proved its inconsistency, he said while talking to International Tax Counsel Dr Ikramul Haq. Hundreds of corrections have changed the basic concepts of the ordinance which is still difficult for many to interpret, Dr Murtaza Mughal observed. Otherwise, Income Tax Ordinance, 1979 which worked well for 21 years and was capable of absorbing the reforms can also be re-promulgated, said Dr Ikramul Haq. The 2001 ordinance has failed to improve collections or revive ailing tax mechanism, rather it has contributed to the deterioration, Huzaima Bukhari said. System was not malfunctioning due to 1979s Ordinance but due to corruption, she observed. Dr Ikramul Haq said that situation would have been better if Income Tax Ordinance, 2001 had been thoroughly reviewed after being debated on concerned forums and getting proposals from all the stakeholders before promulgation.