Skip to comments.Pakistan elections: How the tax man was forced out—for being too good at his job
Posted on 05/04/2013 6:28:01 PM PDT by Olog-hai
In a country where almost no one pays income tax, including more than two thirds of MPs, it only took seven months for Ali Arshad Hakeem to become a hated man. As Pakistans newly minted chief taxman, he built a database designed to monitor the spending habits of millions of people, and work out how much tax they owed.
This quiet, technocratic revolution came to a juddering halt last month, when Mr. Hakeem was suspended by judges over allegations that his appointment breached government rules that demand each job be filled from a shortlist of three.
In Pakistans murky world of political appointments and patronage systems, few believe that was the real reason. Instead, his supporters say he was simply too successful in forcing people to pay more taxes. In other words, he was too good at doing his job. A recent report by Pakistans Center for Investigative Reporting revealed that President Asif Ali Zardari and Rehman Malik, interior minister until mid-March when the government stepped down ahead of next weeks elections, were among those politicians who paid nothing.
(Excerpt) Read more at telegraph.co.uk ...
Muzzies need to pay their fair share too.
Why should they when Uncle Infidel will just pick up the tab.
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