Tax evaders sitting in Parliament: Khawaja Asif

Khawaja Asif. Photo: The News/File

ISLAMABAD: Defense Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif has called for blocking the path of tax evaders and those who support them to parliament.

Speaking before the National Assembly, he said: “We should pledge not to become Sifarshis (supporters) of tax evaders and not allow them to enter parliament by buying seats.”

He recalled that FBR officials had informed the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) that there was a loss of $3 billion in import duties. “If there is such a loss of import duties, the country will continue to beg from the IMF and friendly countries,” he said.

He pointed out that tax evasion was committed by billionaires and billionaires, not poor people, through under-billing. “Those who used to evade taxes and levies have now gone to parliament and they have all the luxuries of politics and they appease the rulers, so that they are not taxed,” he said. he argued. He said that all governments were “handcuffed” by tax evaders and because of the misdeeds of these elements, they had to beg from financial institutions and friendly countries for life jackets.

“We will have to change this culture and the big earners should pay taxes,” he said. He pointed out that only two cigarette companies with a 60 percent market share paid 151 billion rupees in tax each year, while the other companies only filed 2 billion rupees in tax annually. “There is a huge anomaly in the payment of taxes,” he noted.

He pointed out: “People from companies and sectors, which evade taxes, sit in parliament, whether it is the import of vehicles, electronics and others,” he added. Asif said the coalition government was rapidly emerging from the economic crisis while negotiating with the mines laid by the previous PTI government.

“It is a matter of days, not weeks, that conditions will improve. I appreciate Miftah for its consistency and for giving new directions to the traditional tax system,” he said, adding that he would appreciate Miftah Ismail for facing criticism and presenting the “best” budget.

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