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Election Commission of Pakistan. — File photo

KARACHI: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Tuesday released data pertaining to the scrutiny of all candidates whose nomination papers had been accepted for the coming general election.

The data, released on ECP's website, comprises details from National Accountability Bureau (NAB), State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) and the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) on the candidates’ tax records as well as any loans that they may have taken.

The record cleared former premier and Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz chief Nawaz Sharif, Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan, Awami National Party (ANP) chief Asfandyar Wali Khan and Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam – Fazl’s Maulana Fazlur Rehman.

Muttahida Qaumi Movement's Farooq Sattar was also cleared, however, in 2010, the former lawmaker declared no income and paid zero taxes.

Furthermore, General (retd) Pervez Musharraf's records indicate that he paid no taxes in the years 2010, 2011 and 2012 when the former military ruler was in self-imposed exile.

Senior Pakistan Peoples Party leader and former information minister Qamar Zaman Kaira was also declared in the clear.

The information was released a day after the scrutiny process for the contenders’ nominations was completed. Moreover, election tribunals have begun receiving appeals from aspiring candidates challenging the returning officers’ judgments against them.

Comments (16) Closed

pakiboy Apr 09, 2013 07:46am
media bias .. not mentioning sharifs cleared when hudabiya case and treason like qarz utaro mulk sanwaro money laundring is on them ,, imran khan . when his moral character is proven stained etc .. but mention dr farooq sattar tax details and musharaf not paying tax when he is not in country .. ( how many ppl outside pakistan pay tax anyway) ..
Hamza Malik Apr 09, 2013 08:02am
Weldone DAWN but improve the timing of uploading the stories..... I would say that those who always sit in cradle of ruling lot should not be allowed to contest elections on the basis of lying to public.
Ahmed Qureshi Apr 09, 2013 08:35am
It is indeed good tradition. It is just beginning of democratic culture. Moreover many politicians are able to hide their wrongdoings with the help of corrupt Bureaucracy.
Mr.T Apr 09, 2013 09:14am
How can voter living outside Pakistan vote ?
Adeel Azmat Apr 09, 2013 09:31am
Wow, no income tax paid by Mr Farooq Sattar in 2010 and I'm sure he still eared a billion ruppes a month. How sad.
Ahmed Razzaq Apr 09, 2013 09:52am
Jahangir Tareen & son are confirmed defaulters per SBP:
Muhammad Iqbal Khan Apr 09, 2013 09:57am
We need to encourage the process of scrutiny under the Articles 62 and 63, but these articles must have clear parameters of ethics, finance, sources, loyalty, etc under the spirit of Islamic and social acceptance, which should be demonstrated in relevance and reasonable way
Muhammad Iqbal Khan Apr 09, 2013 10:23am
That is not impossible. Simply look at the banking system where a client can have access from any corner of the world and can make transactions securely. The same can be possible for overseas Pakistanis who are the backbone of the country's economy and who can better judge a better party in respect of comparison while living in flourished political environment.
Atif Apr 09, 2013 11:49am
where is the record from HEC regarding fake degrees,,,,,,?
Harris Apr 09, 2013 12:28pm
You can't vote if you are overseas!
Shahzad Latif Apr 09, 2013 01:11pm
I am surprised Mr. Sharif bailed out. How about him as a defaulter?
Salim Akbani Apr 09, 2013 01:13pm
The declaration of assets and tax returns are a very good step in the right direction. In the long run this step with the media watching over will help clean up the system of scoundrels. Now a lying politician who has made his records public will always have to be accountable. Congratualtions to the ECP for making the right moves.
Adeel Azmat Apr 09, 2013 01:56pm
Dr Farooq Sattar has been in Pakistan all this time. Musharraf, yes he;s been out so tax should not be an issue. Pakistan has to get very strict in taxes. All european countries survie on income tax that they get, provided it is used in the correct manner as well.
Asif Nawaz Apr 09, 2013 02:33pm
what about WAPDA defaulters, Why they are cleared without paying their bills. It was list of 150 people approx. Maulana Fazal ur Rehman is defaulter of 48 Lac and now he is cleared.
marium Apr 09, 2013 04:37pm
dont be silly n get some perspective bro. dawn is talking abt main leaders of all big parties.
Mustafa Apr 09, 2013 06:24pm
Good job ECP