When it comes to passing judgments against politicians in relation to “krupt” practices, PPP and its members are declared guilty by the media and the general public. When it comes to calling a spade, a spade, media selectively talks about the NRO as its beneficiary seems to be the PPP but chooses not to remember the clemency given to Nawaz Sharif and his family members in December 2000. In a report in Dawn titled, “LHC seeks details of Mian Sharif’s heirs”, I wondered why would there be a need to get details of the late Abbaji’s heirs, considering there are no reports of family infighting over his inheritance. Reading the report gave me a stark reminder that one should not depend on headlines but also read the contents. There are tax evasion claims against the Sharif family worth Rs 650 million between 1990 and 2000! That’s a whopping figure. The family has filed appeal against the claims mainly on the basis of political victimization, however, it seems that their lawyer is seeking relief on technical grounds.
Off course, they can get away with it. The media will not highlight this matter. Yes, it would have been a worthwhile news if it was some Jiyala who was accused of tax evasion and he was filing an appeal. But no, it is the Sharifs whose family name’s literal meaning is taken at face value than it actually is.
LHC seeks details of Mian Sharif’s heirs
Source: Dawn, September 21, 2010
LAHORE, Sept 20: The Lahore High Court on Monday directed the counsel of the Sharif family to submit details of legal heirs of the late Mian Muhammad Sharif by the next hearing.
Hearing appeals of the Sharif family against issuance of tax evasion notices, the court observed that Muhammad Sharif, father of the Sharif brothers, had also filed the appeal but since he had died, details of his legal heirs be submitted in the court. The appeals were filed by Nawaz Sharif, his wife Kulsoom Nawaz, Shahbaz Sharif, his wife Nusrat Shahbaz, Hamza Shahbaz, Mian Tariq Shafi and Mian Javaid Shafi.
The department accused Sharif family of evading Rs650 million taxes from 1990 to 2000 and also imposed penalty on them.
Appellants’ counsel Malik Tariq Aziz pleaded that the notices were issued to the Sharif family after 2000 and the objection about the tax assessment was raised about 1213 days instead of the 60 days required period.
He said the re-opening of the case was illegal, as the tax department already accepted the tax and now it could not raise any objection. He said the show-cause notices were not issued to the appellants which was necessary requirement before taking any action.