By Iram Saleem
It has been official now. Prime Minister Imran Khan is paying Rs100,000 annual tax against his 300 kanal Bani-gala house and other properties.
One wonders such a small amount PM Khan is paying. On the one hand he criticizes his political opponents tax theif and traders to give tax and on the other he pays such a petty amount in tax which is not digestible.
This revelations came when the counsel for Justice Qazi Faez Isa of the Supreme Court on Monday compared the tax returns of Prime Minister Imran Khan with that of the petitioner judge’s wife and asked why the former was still an independent taxpayer but his spouse was not when she was paying tax in the same range or higher.
Advocate Babar Sattar informed the SC full court thatZarina Montserrat Khoso Carrera, wife of Justice Isa, had paid Rs104,000 as tax in the tax year 2009, Rs143,055 in 2010 and Rs147,883 in 2011, whereas Prime Minister Khan paid Rs103,763 as tax in the tax year 2017.
“How can someone paying tax in the same range or higher be said dependent of her husband, but the prime minister paying almost similar tax is still independent?” asked the counsel, emphasizing that the petitioner’s wife was an independent taxpayer like the prime minister.
Now PM Khan should better pay “full tax” or stop preaching. Pak Destiny