LAHORE: As many as 474 parliamentarians and three senators, 110 MNAs and 361 MPAs of all four provincial assemblies, including some cabinet members of the sitting government, have been declared as non-tax payers in the list published by the Federal Bureau of Revenue (FBR).
On February 28, 2014, the FBR published its last document about the taxpayers by the name of “Parliamentarian Tax Directory” after getting consent of Federal Finance Minister Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar. According to the document available with Daily Times, all of the members of the Senate, National Assembly, Punjab Assembly, Sindh Assembly, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly, and Balochistan Assembly have obtained their NTN (National Taxpayer Number) and unfortunately, out of total 1,172 parliamentarians only 1,127 filed their ITR (Income Tax Returns) for the fiscal year ended 30th June 2013.
Anyhow, of the parliamentarians who filed their ITR, as many as 474 declared in their tax returns as non-tax payers showing their income tax returns as “Nill” in the list. It is pertinent to mention here that constitutionally, under articles 62, 63, defaulters are not eligible to become parliamentarians and some of the protesting opposition parties, especially PTI of Imran Khan, and PAT of Dr Tahirul Qadri are also raising question over the eligibility of the sitting parliaments on the same constitutional grounds in the claims.
According to the document, 3 senators, 110 MNAs, 134 male legislators, 45 female lawmakers and 2 minority members of the Punjab Assembly, 43 members including 6 female and 2 minority lawmakers of the Balochistan Assembly, 56 male, 19 female legislators and 3 minority members of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly, and 35 male, 22 female and 4 minority members of the Sindh Assembly who declared that they had not paid any single penny in the head of taxpayers.
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