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MENAFN - Khaleej Times - 23/05/2014
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(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) The bmw 760li high security sedans cost rs119.

prime minister nawaz sharif has recently acquired two bullet-proof vehicles for his security cars that have cost the national exchequer over rs224 million flouting his own directions for austerity.

the cars will be used for the prime minister’s private security detail. the bmw 760li high security sedans cost rs119.742m and rs124.995m including heads such as customs duty sales tax shipping and miscellaneous charges. however on the orders of finance minister ishaq dar the federal board of revenue (fbr) is considering the purchase ‘a special case’ to offer tax exemptions.

in his earlier letter to fbr according to dawn the finance minister stated that “in view of the austerity measures it would be desirable that customs and sales tax on these vehicles be exempted which will considerably save the cost”. bullet-proof sedans cost rs224m after dar approved tax exemptions. according to a government official privy to the acquisition of the vehicles dar’s involvement in the case was unusual. normally the relevant department writes to fbr regarding exemptions.

the prime minister’s office approved the purchase and the finance minister stepped in to seek tax exemptions from the fbr.

despite repeated attempts information minister senator pervaiz rashid who is also the pm’s official spokesperson couldn’t be reached for comment.

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