Defense Minister Khawaja Asif Calls for Judiciary’s Attention to Revenue Issues

Defense Minister Khawaja Asif has underscored the importance of addressing revenue-related matters alongside judicial concerns, emphasizing the significant backlog of cases impacting the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) revenues. With an estimated 102 billion rupees in cases pending in the Supreme Court, 742 billion in the High Courts, and a staggering 1700 billion in tribunals awaiting resolution, Asif highlights the pressing need for timely adjudication.

Speaking on the matter, Asif recalled raising this issue in the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) years ago, lamenting the lack of substantial progress by the FBR. He attributed the backlog to the complicity of the FBR, taxpayers, and other stakeholders. Asif stressed that addressing this backlog, which amounts to a total of 2.544 trillion rupees, could alleviate various financial burdens, including those related to healthcare, education, and defense expenses.

Furthermore, Asif emphasized that resolving these revenue-related issues could potentially alleviate the country’s reliance on debt and assistance from international financial institutions like the International Monetary Fund (IMF). He suggested that negotiations and settlements regarding tariffs could contribute to financial stability and reduce the need for external assistance.

Asif’s remarks underscore the interconnectedness of judicial and revenue matters, highlighting the significant impact of timely resolution on the country’s financial health and overall well-being. By urging attention to these revenue issues, Asif advocates for a comprehensive approach to governance that addresses critical challenges across sectors for the betterment of Pakistan’s economy and society.