ISLAMABAD: The country’s tax machinery has so far not issued notices to the Pakistanis whose investment in offshore companies was revealed in the Paradise Papers of November 2017.
The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) released a report last November in which it was claimed that 135 Pakistanis, including former prime minister Shaukat Aziz, owned offshore companies. Initially it was decided that the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) would let its intelligence and investigation wing issue notices to all those who had been identified in the report, an official told Dawn. The individuals concerned were also to be named in the media.
However, according to a source, the FBR later changed its decision and instead asked its regional tax offices (RTOs) to issue notices to the persons concerned. But “neither the RTOs nor the intelligence wing of Inland Revenue has issued any notices so far,” the source