NA adopts motion to scrutinize tax affairs of MPs

Islamabad: The National Assembly on Tuesday adopted a motion authorizing the Speaker to constitute a ten-member committee belonging to major political parties to investigate the allegation of non-payment of taxes by number of Parliamentarians and present report within 90 days.

Earlier, speaking on the motion, the members emphasized the need for enhancing the tax to GDP ratio for bringing improvement in education and health sectors as well as alleviation of poverty.

They said that the Parliamentarians should declare their assets.

Chairman of Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf Imran Khan said tax collection cannot be improved unless the politicians themselves set the example.

Information Minister Pervaiz Rashid said that the people of Pakistan have full confidence in the Parliament and they accord respect to its decisions as well as the members.

He said the impression that the people have no confidence in the Parliament is wrong and such an impression often comes from the undemocratic forces.

Minister for Defence Khawaja Muhammad Asif said Parliament is the supreme institution and it is our collective responsibility not to belittle it. He said there should be accountability of the Parliamentarians but this should be done under a certain framework.

The Minister reminded that people of Pakistan fully participated in the general elections last year which demonstrates that they have full confidence in the Parliament and want further strengthening of democracy.

He said that all the institutions defend themselves and the Parliamentarians should also follow the suit.

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