Karachi, Oct 15: The revenue authorities have frozen the bank account of Pakistan cricket team captain Misbah-ul Haq over the alleged tax evasion by the player.
Misbah is currently struggling with poor form with the bat and was pulled out of the third and final ODI against Australia in Abu Dhabi on Sunday.
The Federal Bureau of Revenue (FBR) spokesman, Shahid Hussain, said that batsman Azhar Ali’s accounts have also been frozen.
A newspaper report quoting the FBR official said that Misbah has not paid taxes of 3.9 million rupees and Ali owes 1.5 million rupees in taxes. The FBR has frozen their accounts and as per rules their banks would be asked to deduct the amount, the report added.
In past few day, a number of players have been investigated for tax evasion. In 2012, the FBR had warned Misbah and a number of players over tax evasion, and in July this year the skipper finance minister Ishaq Dar to resolve the income tax issues, the report said.
Promising to resolve the issue, Dar reportedly told the players that paying taxes is a national obligation for every citizen.
It may be noted that tax evasion is rampant in Pakistan, as the FBR has reportedly stated that less than 0.5 per cent of Pakistanis pay income tax, or just 7,50,000 individuals out of a population of some 180 million.
(With Agency Inputs)