‘If honesty can increase tax collection, Maulana Tariq Jameel should run FBR’

The PTI government has struggled to motivate the people to adopt the tax culture even after two years in power.


  • Pakistan’s leading tax expert has said that only “honest leadership” is not enough to raise taxes.

Tariq Jameel
Should Maulana Tariq Jameel run the FBR?

The Pakistani researcher and international tax lawyer, Dr. Ikram ul Haq, said if honesty alone can increase tax collection, we should request religious scholar Maulana Tariq Jameel to head the FBR.

In an interview with a local news channel, the renowned tax expert said that the enforcement of laws and technology are keys to achieving tax collection targets for the Federal Board of Revenue.

“If tax collection can be increased through honesty alone, we should ask Maulana Tariq Jameel to become the chairman of the FBR,” Haq quipped.

The comment came in the context of Prime Minister Imran Khan’s strong belief during his election campaign before the 2018 elections, that an “honest leadership” could influence people to pay taxes and become a tax-compliant state.

Haq added, “Despite honest leadership, the PTI government has struggled to motivate the people to adopt the tax culture even after two years in power.”

It was revealed during the program that roughly 6.5 million people holding National Tax Numbers were supposed to file tax returns. However, as many as 4.7 million or 72% of them did not.

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  • It’s a very weird statement by a tax expert, he should be debating on whether FBR can be reformed or a new unit be established in its place etc. Instead he spook like a true patwari.

  • That’s a great idea, and he will do a splendid job, you don’t need to hold. PHD to head FBR. We had a chancellor in the UK who was a post man in his earlier career, before becoming politician.

  • Govt sirf bakwaas kerna jaanti hay.
    A common man pays tax on even a potato chips packet.
    On toll plazas
    In all utility bills.
    In all purchases.
    Govt zara declare kery na kay P&G nay kitna tax dea.
    Lever brothers nay kitna dea
    Nestle nay kitna dea.
    Un ki sales kya theen.

    Mery tax per ameer jb tak ayashi kerein gay.
    Mei tax kiun doun.
    Govt school mei apka bacha nahi jasakta.
    Govt hospital mei apka buzurg nahi ja sakta.
    Police ko insaf kay liye bulanay ka matlab hay jitnay ki chori hui hay us se ziada police ko khilao.
    Ma siwaye protocol duty kay police kaam kerti nahin.
    Tax kis liye dein bhaaiii jab indirect taxation poori dunya mei sb se ziada Pakistani de rha hay

  • Only and only implementation of laws equally on all people industries , businesses extra extra will get the good results.


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