MPs want Saint James’s Ho­tel & Club case com­bined with Panama Leaks

Pakistan Observer - - NATIONAL -

MIAN AR­SHAD IS­LAM­ABAD—Panama Leaks is­sue also echoed in the meet­ing of the Se­nate Stand­ing Com­mit­tee on Fi­nance and Rev­enue where mem­bers voiced for club­bing in­quiry into funds trans­ac­tion for the pro-cure­ment of Saint James Ho­tel and Club with Pa-nama Leaks. But, the Com­mit­tee ab­stained tak­ing any ac­tion in this re­gard.

How­ever, af­ter a de­tailed and lengthy dis­cus­sion on the is­sue pre­sen­ta­tion of progress re­port about in­ves­ti­ga­tion on this is­sue com­mit­tee warned FBR mem­bers against mov­ing a priv­i­lege mo­tion for not sub­mit­ting re­port be­fore the com­mit­tee by Tues­day.

FBR team led by Mem­ber In­land Rev­enue-Pol­icy Rehmat­ul­lah Khan Wazir seemed un­will­ing to in-form the Com­mit­tee about up­dated progress re­port about seek­ing in­for­ma­tion from the Bri­tain and Sin­ga­porean tax au­thor­i­ties about the mode of funds trans­ac­tion.

There­fore, chair­man com­mit­tee asked the FBR team dis­cuss the is­sue with Chair­man FBR on the is­sue of pre­sen­ta­tion of said re­port oth­er­wise com­mit­tee would move priv­i­lege mo­tion in the House against him.

Be­ing pressed by the warn­ing, FBR team changed stance say­ing that no progress had been achieved as well as it was im­proper to present an in­com­plete re­port be­fore the com­mit­tee. FBR of­fi­cials fur­ther said that un­der ar­ti­cle 21 of the treaty with Her Majesty Bri­tish Tax Au­thor­ity FBR could get in­for­ma­tion from Bri­tain.

Sim­i­larly, a let­ter has been writ­ten to Sin­ga­porean tax au­thor­ity un­der the same treaty for the pro­vi­sion of re­quired in­for­ma­tion and re­sponse was still awaited. Sin­ga­porean side has in­formed that nor­mally it takes 90 days for them to re­ply any such query.

BA­HAWALPUR: Health work­ers ad­min­is­ter­ing po­lio drops to a child dur­ing an­tipo­lio cam­paign.

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