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The News

Published Date: Dec 26, 2013

Tax and lies

This refers to
your editorial ‘Tax and lies’ (December 24). I wonder what is more
shocking, the fact that half of the lawmakers did not pay any tax or
that half of them did. More shocking is that 12 percent of our
parliamentarians do not have a national tax number.

This fact
alone should have made the ECP disqualify them from contesting
elections, if the FBR had communicated this to the ECP. If the FBR
didn’t inform the ECP, then someone in the FBR has a lot to answer for.
Now that most of our so-called lawmakers have proved that they are
actually law-breakers, what moral authority do they have to impose taxes
on the hapless poor and middle-class? In fact, the government should
refund all the tax money that has been paid by the citizens in the past
sixty six years, in accordance with the principles of natural justice.
Perhaps Imran Khan can demand this of the present lot who are lording it
over us.