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ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan has paid Rs282,449 in taxes for the tax year 2018 as compared to Rs103,763 in tax year 2017, reflecting an increase of Rs178,686, while four of his cabinet members have paid zero rupees in taxes during the same period.

According to the Parliamentarians Tax Directory for the year ended 30th June 2018, released by the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) here on Friday, two federal ministers and two ministers of state in the prime minister's cabinet paid zero tax during the tax year 2018. The federal ministers who paid zero tax include Minister for Water Resources Faisal Vawda and Minister for States and Frontier Regions Sahibzada Muhammad Mehboob Sultan during tax year 2018.

Among the ministers of state, Minister of State for Climate Change Zartaj Gul and Minister of State for Housing and Works Muhammad Shabbir Ali paid zero taxes during the tax year 2018.

National Assembly Speaker Asad Qaiser has paid Rs537,730 as a parliamentarian, and Rs5,790,500 as the member of association of persons (AOPs), while Senate Chairman Sadiq Sanjrani paid Rs1,363,414 in taxes during the tax year 2018.

Among the federal ministers, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi paid Rs183,900 taxes for the year 2018, compared to Rs653,943 paid during the tax year 2017, marking a decrease of Rs470,043.

Defence Minster Pervez Khattak has paid Rs1,826,899 during the tax year 2018 compared to Rs927,515 in the tax year 2017, showing an increase of Rs899,384; Minister for Economic Affairs Makhdoom Khusro Bukhtiar paid Rs624,292 taxes during 2018 compared to Rs475,573 in 2017.

Federal Minister for Communications Murad Saeed paid Rs374,728 in 2018, compared to Rs241,946 in 2017; Minister for Aviation Division Ghulam Sarwar Khan paid Rs1,046,669 during 2018 compared to Rs1,384,747 paid in 2017; and Interior Minister Ijaz Shah paid Rs58,120 during tax year 2018.

Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Special Initiatives Asad Umer paid Rs5,346,342 taxes in 2018 compared to Rs4,849,615 paid in 2017, marking an increase of Rs496,727; Minister for Information and Broadcasting Syed Shibli Faraz paid Rs367,460 in taxes during 2018 compared to Rs681,923 in 2017, reflecting a decrease of Rs314,463. Azam Khan Swati paid Rs590,916 taxes in 2018 compared to Rs764,197 in 2017, marking a decrease of Rs173,281.

Minster for Federal Education, Professional Training, National Heritage and Culture Shafqat Mahmood paid Rs231,730 during tax year 2018 compared to Rs24,030 during 2017; and Minister for Housing and Works Chaudhary Tariq Bashir Cheema Rs314,840 taxes in 2018 compared to Rs235,768 paid in 2017.

Minister for Industries and Production Hammad Azhar paid Rs22,445 taxes as a parliamentarian in 2018, and also paid Rs59,421,700 as member of association of persons (AOPs) during the same year.

Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry paid Rs1,698,651 taxes in 2018 as parliamentarian and also Rs75,000 as member of AOPs.

Minister for Human Rights Dr Shireen Mazari paid Rs2,435,650 in taxes during 2018 compared to Rs1,569,558 paid in 2017; and Minister for Inter-Provincial Coordination Dr Fehmida Mirza paid Rs187,052 taxes in 2018 compared to Rs227,591 paid in 2017.

Minister for Power Division Omar Ayub Khan Rs26,055,517 taxes in 2018; and Minister for Privatization Muhammad Mian Soomro paid Rs38,022 taxes during the same year.

Minister for Railways Sheikh Rashid Ahmed paid Rs579,011 taxes in 2018 compared to Rs702,698 in 2017.

Minister for Maritimes Affairs Syed Ali Haider Zaidi paid Rs896,191 taxes; and Minister for Information Technology and Telecom Syed Amin Ul Haque paid Rs66,749 in taxes during 2018.

Minister for Religious Affairs Noorul Haq Qadri paid zero tax as parliamentarian, while he has paid Rs3,506,009 as member of the AOPs during the year 2018.

Minister for Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit-Baltistan Ali Amin Khan Gandapur paid Rs378,763 in taxes; Minister for National Food Security and Research Syed Fakhar Imam paid Rs5,212,137 taxes during the year 2018.

The name of Federal Minister for Defence Production Zubaida Jalal has not been mentioned in the tax directory for the year 2018. Whereas, Minister of State for States and Frontier Regions Shehryar Afridi paid Rs183,900, and Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Ali Muhammad Khan paid Rs430,695 in taxes during 2018.

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