FBR denies allegations leveled during political rally
Islamabad, August 17, (Online): Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has strongly denied allegations of ‘fixing’ Tax record of Prime Minister of Pakistan Muhammad Nawaz Sharif and his family members by two senior officers of FBR terming these unfounded.
The allegations were leveled during a post mid-night political rally in the capital on Sunday. The allegations are strongly denied as being mere speculative and unsubstantiated.
FBR considers the Tax record of all taxpayers as a sacred trust and under section 216 of Income Tax Ordinance, 2001; it cannot be shared with unauthorized persons. FBR has fool-proof automated processes for record maintenance and updating. No individual can alter, edit or modify the record except as provided under the law and standard operating procedures.
According to FBR, the allegations are totally false and baseless and constitute an attempt to bring two very competent, honest and senior officers of FBR enjoying impeccable reputation of integrity and professional competence to disrepute and can demoralize and discourage the employees of FBR who had just recently been successful in making an unprecedented accomplishment of surpassing a massive collection target of Rs 3104 Billion during financial year 2015-16.
It would be in best national interest if such allegations are retracted and FBR is allowed to continue performing its functions and duties in a non-partisan manner.