The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has finalised all the paperwork for its Rs770 million tax evasion case against Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) chief Dr Tahirul Qadri and office-bearers of Minhajul Quran.
According to documents available with The Express Tribune, FBR officials deliberately delayed serving notices to Dr Qadri, offices bearers, operators and members of Minhajul Quran’s board of directors in a bid to give them minimum time to respond.
The FBR issued notices to Qadri and 15 others in July 2014. These were delivered on July 11 and the last date to submit a reply was July 15. Surprisingly the second notice was issued on June 30 but delivered on July 18 and the last date to submit a reply was July 15.
The FBR has issued final show cause notices to Qadri and others on July 16, 2014 and were delivered on July 18, 2014. The last date to submit reply of the final show cause notices is July 21, 2014 (today).
Official documents available with this publication show that the whole purpose of this exercise was to fix Qadri and members of Minhajul Quran’s board of directors rather than to fulfil any legal requirement.
The second notice stated that failure to comply with any of its terms might result in an ex-parte assessment and might also render the recipients liable to penalty.
“In response to your (s) application for adjournment against the above mentioned notices you are therefore required to submit your reply before July 21, 2014. Please note that no further adjournment will be entrained,” the final notice read.
Talking to The Express Tribune, a Minhajul Quran official Muhammad Mustafa said in view of the unfair tactics of the FBR, Dr Qadri and other officials had decided not to submit a reply to the said notices.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 22nd, 2014.
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