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People behind leak of COAS General Qamar Javed Bajwa’s income tax records identified: Ishaq Dar

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  • Ishaq Dar assures the matter will reach its “logical conclusion”.
  • Law does not allow release of army chief or anyone else’s tax returns without a court order.
  • If “illegal work” is allowed or a blind eye is turned towards it then a person will not be fulfilling their duty.

ISLAMABAD: Finance Minister Ishaq Dar shared on Tuesday that he has received the interim report related to the leak of Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa’s income tax records, adding that they have traced some people involved in the act.

In an interview during Geo News programme ‘Capital Talk’, Dar repeated that leaking army chief’s income tax returns was “illegal”.

A day earlier, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar took notice of the “illegal and unwarranted” leakage of tax information of Gen Bajwa’s family members.

“This is clearly a violation of the complete confidentiality of tax information that the law provides,” a statement from the Finance Division had read.

In view of this serious lapse on the part of to-date unknown functionaries, Dar had directed Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Revenue Tariq Mehmood Pasha to personally lead the probe, affix responsibility, and submit a report within 24 hours. 

“I have seen the interim report. I hope to receive the final report today,” Dar told the host during today’s show. He added that the government has found a few people behind the leak and the issue will reach its logical conclusion.

The finance czar shared that one person involved in the leak is from Lahore and another from Rawalpindi. 

However, he added that there is a possibility that some of the individuals involved may have the authorisation to look at the income tax records as there a “circle” in Rawalpindi where assessments take place.

“These people are authorised to access [data] for their assessment,” said Dar.

The finance minister was of the view that if “illegal work” is allowed or a blind eye is turned towards it then a person will not be fulfilling their duty.

“The law does not allow the release of army chief or anyone else’s income tax returns without a court order,” said the finance minister.

Pakistan will not default

Reacting to Imran Khan’s claim that Pakistan’s default risk soared from 5% to 80% during the tenure of the incumbent coalition government, the finance minister said that the PTI leaders should think that whether they were working in or against the interests of the country.

The finance czar berated the former PTI government for borrowing historic loans and ruining the economy ahead of the COVID-19 outbreak. He reiterated that Pakistan will not default and would repay loans on time. 

“They must stop the dirty politics,” he added.

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Saudi Arabia rewards brave police officer ASP Shehrbano with a royal pension.

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Sources claim that when the two met at the Saudi embassy, where the ambassador was entertaining the courageous female officer, the diplomat gave ASP Shehrbano the information.

The Saudi ambassador praised the police officer’s bravery and assured her that her family’s travel expenses to Saudi Arabia as a royal guest will be covered by the Saudi royal family.

He gave the ASP high marks for her poise and selfless dedication to her work in managing an agitated environment.

One day before, the Gulberg ASP visited the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), General Syed Asim Munir, at General Headquarters.

The head of the army acknowledged the significant contribution Pakistani women made to society as a whole.

He was cited as adding, “Since independence, Pakistani women have made a name for themselves both at home and abroad thanks to their skill, perseverance, and determination.

Additionally, ASP Shehrbano’s name was suggested by IG Punjab Usman Anwar for the Quied e Azam Police award.

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Islamabad, DC, is sentenced to six months in prison for defamatory remarks.

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The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Friday sentenced Deputy Commissioner Irfan Nawaz Memon to six months in prison after finding that he had committed contempt of court.

The deputy commissioner’s maintenance of public order (MPO) against PTI politician Shehryar Afridi was declared unlawful by the court. However, Saddar SP was cleared of all allegations by the IHC.

The court fined SSP operations Rs0.1 million and sentenced them to four months in jail.

In addition, the court declared that the punishment would be deferred for one month. In addition to fining SHO Nasir Manzoor Rs 0.1 million, the court also condemned him to two months in prison.

The court additionally declared that if an appeal is filed within 30 days and the deputy commissioner’s sentence is not suspended,

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The government declares March 2 a public holiday.

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In the province capital, Madhu Lal Hussain’s 436th annual three-day urs festivities will get underway on Saturday.

Secretary Auqaf Dr. Tahir Raza will execute the customary chador laying on the saint’s grave to kick off the urs festivities.

On this occasion, ulema Mushaikh, members of the Religious Committee, and a sizable crowd of devotees will take part.

For the Urs gift, the Auqaf Department has set up Rs 459,000. The agency and local police put together impenetrable security plans for the guests.

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