Halt On Chairman of Peshawar High Court’s Salary Ordered by FBR

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Islamabad/Peshawar: The Peshawar High Court has issued directives to freeze the salary of Chairman Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) Malik Amjad Zubair Tawana for repeatedly failing to comply with reminders in the under-declaration tax case.

The Additional Registrar of the Peshawar High Court has issued instructions for the implementation of the court’s order to freeze the salary of Chairman FBR regarding the freezing of his salary. The Accountant General of Pakistan has halted the salary of Chairman FBR Malik Amjad Zubair Tawana while carrying out the court’s directives.

The FBR authorities have confirmed the freezing of the Chairman’s salary in light of the Peshawar High Court’s decision. However, efforts to contact the Chairman’s Special Assistant Dr. Naveed and Legal Member Aasim Majid were unsuccessful.

The court order states that Chairman FBR’s salary will remain frozen until he complies with the court’s directive to submit para-wise comments and responses, and copies of the court’s decision for implementation have been sent to the relevant departments by the Additional Registrar.

Sources have informed that the relevant departments have been informed of the court’s decision and Tax Lawyer Waheed Shahzad Butt told Express that in Reference Petition No. 1318-M of 2023, in the case of Mazhar Khan vs. the Government of Pakistan, the FBR’s response and comments are pending. In this case, para-wise comments were requested from FBR, with a letter dated November 15, 2023, followed by reminders on December 26, 2023, January 16, 2024, and February 14, 2024, but the para-wise comments were not submitted. Therefore, the Peshawar High Court issued directives to freeze Chairman FBR Malik Amjad Zubair Tawana’s salary.

Sources have reported that while implementing the court’s order, the Accountant General of Pakistan has not released the salary of Chairman FBR for the month of February and has informed the Peshawar High Court about the implementation of the court’s order.

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