Issued by the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR), the tax directory of parliamentarians disclosed that various big parliamentarians had resorted to paying minimal tax for the tax year 2019.
Prime Minister Imran Khan’s initial year in office saw his income tax surge from Rs282,449 in 2018 to Rs9.85 million in the tax year 2019. Meanwhile, Opposition Leader Mian Shehbaz Sharif’s tax payments declined during the same period.
Sharif paid Rs8.242 million in 2019, compared to Rs9.73m in the tax year 2018 — a decline of 15.3 percent. Hamza Shehbaz paid Rs7.104m in 2019 against Rs8.70m in the tax year 2018 — a drop of 18.34pc.
Former prime minister Yusuf Raza Gilani paid Rs1.2 crore agriculture tax and zero income tax.
Senator Khalida Ateeb paid Rs315 income tax, and Chief Minister Punjab Usman Buzdar paid Rs2,000. PML-N leader Ahsan Iqbal Rs55 lakh, CM KP Mahmood Khan Rs66,000, and Makhdoom Khusro Bakhtiyar paid Rs1.5 lakh tax in 2019.
Those paying relatively better included former president Asif Zardari Rs22.18 lakh, Bilawal Bhutto Rs5.35 lakh, PMLN’s Azam Nazir Tarar 25.4 lakh, PTI’s Asad Umar Rs42.7 lakh, Faisal Vawda Rs11.62 lakh, Shireen Mazaari Rs3.71 lakh, Khwaja Saad Rafique Rs2.69 lakh, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi Rs48.71 lakh, Rana Sanullah Rs29.94 lakh, Shazia Marri Rs39,761, Saeed Ghani Rs7.02 lakh, and Raza Rabbani Rs 15.55 lakh.
Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi paid a tax of Rs851,955 and showed a total income of Rs 37 lakh. Minister for Information & Broadcasting Fawad Chaudhary paid tax of Rs136,808, and Federal Minister for Aviation Sarwar Khan paid income tax of Rs 12 lakh. SAPM on Information and Broadcasting Farrukh Habib paid an income tax of Rs405,477.
Defence Minister and ex-CM KP Pervez Khattak paid an income tax of Rs12.5 lakh.