Pak’s finance minister orders probe into army chief’s family’s leaked tax records
Islamabad, Nov 22 (IANS): Pakistani Finance Minister Ishaq Dar became aware on Monday of the “illegal and unjustified” leak of tax information from family members of army chief of staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa, reports the media.
“This is clearly a violation of the statutory complete confidentiality of tax information,” read a statement from the finance division, Geo News reported.
An immediate investigation into the tax law violation and Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) data breach will be conducted, the statement said.
In view of this serious misconduct on the part of officials unknown to date, Dar ordered the Special Assistant to the Prime Minister for Revenue, Tariq Mehmood Pasha, to personally conduct the investigation, affix accountability and submit a report within 24 hours, the statement added, Geo News reported.
The general’s family started joint ventures with Sabir ‘Mithu’ Hameed of Lahore (father of Mahnoor and father-in-law of Bajwa’s son), and in the same year Hameed began transferring capital out of Pakistan and buying properties overseas, Fact Focus reported.
The General’s wife, Ayesha, has become a multi-billionaire with large farms at Gulberg Greens in Islamabad and Karachi, several residential plots in Lahore, and commercial plots and plazas in DHA projects.
Bajwa’s wife became owner of two trading places in DHA Lahore Phases IV and VI while he was COAS. Ayesha used to hold money (about half a million dollars) in her US dollar (USD) accounts, according to the report.
FBR records show that the general’s wife was repeatedly warned for concealment of assets.