By: Zulfiqar Ahmad
With an open challenge to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to make his tax details public within seven days, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf leader Jehangir Khan Tareen on Thursday rejected off tax fraud allegations, saying all his tax details are available for any counter-check.
Speaking at a press conference with all the details of tax details, he took the Prime Minister head on and said: “I want to ask the Prime Minister to apprise us about his assets through which his children made offshore accounts”.
“If this was a hard earned, Mr Prime Minister, I just want to ask how much tax you paid? How this money [in offshore accounts], was sent abroad. My request to you is that make the details public within seven days or else people will be forced to believe that there was something fishy,” he added. Tareen severely criticised the government for what he said his character assassination.
The government should have proceeded against him if it was sure that he committed tax fraud, he said, adding “it is nothing but a pressure tactic after the Panama leaks, the ruling junta has been badly exposed.” Fake documents are being prepared at a media cell set up in the Prime Minister’s House and propaganda is being spread against political rivals, he said, adding public money is used in campaigns against political opponents.
“We will take action against this factory of lies at PM House,” he said and added that PTI will move court after consultation with legal experts. “PML-N is blackmailing and I will fight against Nawaz Sharif,” he added.
PTI leader said that opposition parties will chalk out Terms of References (ToRs) for judicial commission over the Panama leaks. He hoped the Chief Justice will not accept ToRs delineated by the government.
He asked the Prime Minister to tell the nation from where he had received money for London flats, adding if government wants a counter-check of his tax details, they can go for it. “All asset details are available on PTI as well as Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) websites,” he maintained.
He claimed he had paid Rs 27 crore tax for the sugar mills he owned, which is the highest compared to any other sugar mills owned by the Sharifs, adding the sole purpose of this propaganda drive against him is nothing but to divert people’s attention from the Panama scandal.
Source: Business Recorder