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FBR Chief sends another request for leave for indefinite period

Syed Umarullah HussainiWeb Editor

19th Feb, 2020. 11:46 am
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FBR Chief

Chairman Federal Board of Revenue FBR Chief Shabbar Zaidi has sent another request for leave for the indefinite period, Bol News reported Wednesday.

Sources has revealed that FBR Chief  has sent another request for leave for the indefinite period.

Shabbar Zaidi sent request for leave to the Adviser to Prime Minister on Financial Matters Abdul Hafeez Sheikh.

Earlier Shabbar Zaidi efuted reports of his resignation

He clarified that he has only “temporarily stopped performing his official duties due to his poor health”.

Speculation of Zaidi’s resignation started making rounds on mainstream media, claiming that he has expressed his inability to continue as the top revenue collector and asked Prime Minister Imran Khan to find someone else to head the tax authority.

Adviser to Prime Minister on Finance Abdul Hafeez Sheikh had indicated that the federal government may change the FBR chairman “if he did not recover soon”.

In an interview with a private media outletSheikh had stated that the government plans to introduce a mini-budget

Which has to be signed off on by FBR chief.

Speculations rife about Zaidi’s resignation after it reported on an indefinite leave from official duties on grounds of poor health.

He had gone on sick leave from Jan 6 to Jan 19 which had led to rumors that there was a rift in the government’s economic team.

However, those rumours were put to rest by the FBR.

“Rumors of any sort of rift in the economic team utterly incorrect,” the FBR had said in a statement.

Shabbar Zaidi named by Prime Minister Imran Khan in May last year as his choice for the FBR chief.

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