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Rs 65m WHT fraud: Q Mobile official released after assurance of clearing due taxes

Rs 65m WHT fraud: Q Mobile official released after assurance of clearing due taxes

KARACHI: Asif Ali Abro Assistant Director Intelligence and Investigation-Inland Revenue, Karachi said that Q Mobile Manager (Operations) Babar Sultan was detained yesterday by their three-member team in a Rs65 million withholding tax fraud case.

Asif Ali Abro confirmed to the Customs Today that Q Mobile did not pay Rs65 million WHT for a year and they raided their office and detained Babar Sultan for inquiry. Till 10:30pm yesterday night, Sultan paid Rs4 million pay orders and agreed to pay the remaining amount today (Thursday).

Abro revealed that Sultan was not arrested and no FIR was lodged against him. He was released after questioning and his assurance to pay the remaining amount.

“Actually, Q Mobile has not paid 7% withholding tax for a year of their TV commercials, advertisements, hoardings and other media campaigns. But now they have paid almost 60 percent of their taxes and would clear the rest amount today (Thursday),” said Asif Abro.

He further said that the recovery from the said company could even surpass Rs65 million.

It is to be noted that FBR Spokesperson Shahid Hussain Asad had informed Customs Today yesterday that Q Mobile accountant was arrested and FIR was lodged against him and other top officials of the company.