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FBR refuses to provide ruling family’s tax record to Senate body

FBR refuses to provide ruling family’s tax record to Senate body

ISLAMABAD: Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) Chairman Tariq Pasha has refused to provide tax record of Sharif family to the Senate Standing Committee on Finance and Revenue.

The body sought the ruling family’s tax record which the Board had presented to the joint investigation team (JIT).

The FBR chairman said that he could not violate the law by giving tax record of any person. The FBR cannot provide tax record of any person as according to Section 216 of the income tax.

Senate Standing Committee on Finance and Revenue Chairman Senator Saleem Mandviwalla last week had sought the tax record of the Sharif family, which was presented in the JIT that probed Panama Papers case.

However, the FBR has refused to provide the tax details of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his family.

Mandviwalla expressed displeasure over not providing tax record to a parliamentary committee. He said that the committee could explore other options to get the tax record of the Sharif family.

“When FBR can present the record in JIT then why it is not presenting it in the parliament,” the committee chairman asked? He alleged that the FBR had also tampered the tax record.

Senator Kamil Ali Agha of the PML-Q also supported Mandviwalla’s viewpoint. “It is the right of the parliament to seek information from any government’s institution,” he said, and added that state-run institutions could not refuse to provide information to the parliament as per the law.

Speaking on the occasion, Senator Azam Swati of the PTI said that the parliament could seek any record as it was the supreme institution. He also alleged that some of the FBR officials had tampered the tax record of the Sharif family. Swati claimed that he had the proof of tax record tampering.