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ISLAMABAD, Dec 19: Federal Board of Revenue chairman Ali Arshad Hakeem informed the Senate standing committee on finance on Wednesday a fact-finding committee had been constituted to investigate the leakage of information about tax returns of parliamentarians.

The FBR constituted the committee on Dec 18 after parliamentarians demanded that the issue be investigated, while the senators referred the matter to the finance committee on Dec 13, one day after a report titled ‘Representation without Taxation’ was released.

“We will submit a report within 15 days to the committee about leakages of information,” the FBR chairman assured the angry senators, who categorically blamed the tax department for leaking the information.

Earlier, the FBR top-brass tried to shift the responsibility to the Election Commission of Pakistan, but almost all senators in the meeting, including Ishaq Dar of the PML-N, Kamil Ali Agha of the PML-Q and Tahir Mashhadi of the MQM, unanimously blamed FBR officials for leaking the information.

A written statement provided to the senators said that all particulars contained in a return of income or annexed documents furnished by a taxpayer to the FBR were confidential and no public servant could disclose any such particulars under sub-section (1) of Section 216 of the Income Tax Ordinance, 2001.

It further says any person who discloses any particulars in contravention of Section 216 is guilty of an offence under Section 198 punishable with a fine or and imprisonment for a period not exceeding six months.

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Husain Jan
Dec 20, 2012 07:49am
Yes, Iqbal bhai you are right, we have always been like this since long and this time around it is the same old fashion that reigns our NA and the upper house of Senate. We have already been in top few of the most corrupt nations list but it seems we are hell bent on continuing in the same direction. Our president, PM and finance ministers etc always put blames on non-taxpayers for all the ills of the country but when it comes to their own tax returns / statements then they show a shameful picture but instead of repenting their misdeeds they direct their guns to the issue of leakage of information.
Dec 20, 2012 05:12am
People of Pakistan has right to know each and everty MNA'S Profile whether they paid tas or not as they are voted by the people and same time we need to know about them that are tax thieft, cause next election we dont need a thief.
Dec 20, 2012 06:22am
we always punish the whistle blower