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Thursday, February 15, 2024

How Much Tax Did Imran Khan Pay in Last 37 Years

Advocate Babar Sattar opened a new debate on the total tax returns of PM Khan in the court proceedings of Justice Faiz Isa reference. How can you claim my client is dependent when she is paying more tax than Prime Minister of Pakistan, he questioned.

On Monday, Advocate Babar Sattar, the counsel of Justice Faiz Isa, argued in Supreme Court that the tax returns of his client’s wife, Zarina, is more than the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Imran Khan, then how can his client’s wife be dependent on his client while PM Khan independent.

He raised these questions in the court proceedings on the petition filed by President of Pakistan, Arif Alvi on the recommendation of PM Khan. The petition accused Supreme Court judge Justice Faiz Isa of not declaring the foreign assets and bank accounts of his children and wife. The petition leveled serious allegation against Justice Faiz Isa for assets beyond means.

Advocate Babar Sattar apprised the court that Zarina Montessarat Khoso Careera has paid Rs104,000 as tax in the year 2009, Rs143,055 in 2010 and Rs147,883 in 2011 whereas PM Khan paid Rs103,763 as tax returns in 2017.

News reports claimed that the tax returns of PM Khan revealed that PM Khan has paid a total of Rs4.7 million tax in the past 37 years from 1981 to 2017. Rs1883,033 was the highest tax return filed by PM Khan in 2010. His second-highest tax return was registered in 2011 when he paid Rs562,554 as tax returns.

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As per the principle of the PM office, he did not declare the foreign assets of his first wife Jemima Goldsmith following the years of their marriage. The same happened with his second former wife, Reham Khan and his current wife, Bushra Maneka.

Imran Khan and Jemima Goldsmith married in 1995 and divorced in 2004. Hence, as per the PM Office rule, Imran Khan was expected to submit the bank details, foreign assets and tax returns of Jemima Goldsmith from 1995 to 2004. He, however, never declared the foreign assets and bank accounts of Jemima Goldsmith in the said period whereas he also did not declare the assets of bank accounts held by his two sons, Qasim, and Suleman in his tax returns.

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Likewise, Imran Khan tied the knot with Reham Khan in January 2015 and divorced her in October 2015. He was expected to declare the assets of Reham Khan locally and abroad in his tax returns of 2015 and 2016. He was expected to declare the assets of Bushra Maneka in the annual tax returns and Wealth Statement for the Tax year 2017-2018.

The documents also revealed that he was exempted from filing tax for a few years during his 37-year record.