`Nawaz Sharif paid no taxes during 2000-07`

PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif was convicted in a tax evasion case in 1999 by the Lahore High Court.

Lahore: Imran Khan`s Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf party has presented what it says is "documentary proof" that PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif paid no taxes while he was in self-exile in Saudi Arabia during 2000-07.

Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf spokesman Shafqat Mahmood said the PML-N attempted to hide the truth regarding taxes paid by Sharif and his family during the period they were living in Jeddah after making a deal with then military ruler Pervez Musharraf, who deposed the PML-N government in 2000.

"The fact is that during this period, Nawaz Sharif paid zero tax," Mahmood said.

Apart from evidence available with the Federal Board of Revenue, Sharif said in nomination papers filed in May 2008 for a parliamentary bye-poll in Lahore that he did not pay taxes during the past three years.

A copy of the candidature documents was with the Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf, Mahmood said.

He said this was the period when Sharif had assets in Pakistan that were generating income.

"The fact is that Sharif was in exile, not his assets. Therefore, he had to file a return and pay his share of income tax," he added.

The issue of tax evasion by Sharif and his family has not come under scrutiny for the first time as the former premier was convicted in a tax evasion case in 1999 by the Lahore High Court.

Mahmood said Sharif had also failed to pay federal tax on a civilian helicopter owned by him.

Giving an example of Sharif`s tax evasion practice, Imran Khan too said Sharif paid only Rs 5,000 as tax in the past.


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