NA (MPs reject media reports about taxes)

Islamabad: Rising on points of order in the National Assembly Friday, the members strongly rejected media reports that the Parliamentarians do not pay taxes or have the national tax numbers.

They said a defamation campaign has been unleashed against the politicians when the elections are around the corner.

They said we have a great respect for freedom of expression and always raised voice for it but responsibility also rests with the media to publish reports after proper and thorough verification.

The members said taxes are they detected their salaries while their allowances are non-taxable.

Those who spoke on the issue including Haji Ghulam Ahmad Bilour, Aftab Ahmad Khan Sherpao, Malik Ibrar Ahmad, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and Nadeem Afzal Gondal. On the occasion, some of the members also read out their National Tax Numbers.