Rs 37 billion recovery cases pending in SC: PAC informed

ISLAMABAD: Public Accounts Committee of the National Assembly was informed on Tuesday that the recovery cases worth Rs 37 billion are pending in Supreme Court, while some 6017 recovery cases are pending in the high courts. This was informed by the officials of Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) during the PAC meeting which was held in order to review the audit report of FBR for the audit year 2008-09.The meeting was informed that Supreme Court has been pursued to expedite the cases relating to non-recovery of taxes from public and private sectors.Sohail Ahmed, Chairman FBR informed the meeting that FBR collects 70 per cent of the revenue being collected in the country.Chairman PAC, Ch Nisar Ali Khan appreciated the performance of FBR and urged that still there is a long way to go in achieving excellence in this field.He said that in past taxes were not recovered from influential people and only poor were taken to task.He directed FBR to make friendly ties with tax payers but in this regard no leniency should be made as this is the money which belongs to public exchequer.Kh Muhammad Asif asked FBR to provide the details of income tax and wealth tax paid by Gen Pervez Musharraf during the last ten years.The meeting was attended among others by Zahid Hamid, Yasmeen Rehman, Saeed Ahmed Zafar, Sardar Bahadur Ahmed Khan Seharr, Rukhsana Bangash, Asia Nasir, Khawaja Muhammad Asif, Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Nadeem Afzal Gondal, Pervaiz Malik, Hamid Yar Hiraj and Riaz Pirzada – App