LAHORE: According to the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR), acclaimed performer and singer Rahat Fateh Ali Khan has not paid taxes for the past five years.
Rahat was called to the Lahore Regional Tax Office after his return from a foreign tour and informed by members of the FBR that he had not paid his taxes for the past five years despite the board’s repeated notifications.
Rahat pleaded ignorance of Pakistani tax laws and procedures and promised to file tax returns on time henceforth.
On this occasion, FBR member Khawar Khursheed Butt said that Rahat was a national icon and that the board believes the singer would fully cooperate with the tax department.
Earlier this year, Rahat was detained at the Indira Gandhi International Airport by Revenue Intelligence sleuths for allegedly carrying $124,000 in undeclared cash, in violation of local currency laws. He was subsequently released after being charged by Indian authorities India with currency violations.