Govt removes Mushtaq Sukhera as federal tax ombudsman

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Staff Report

ISLAMABAD

The federal government on Thursday removed Mushtaq Ahmed Sukhera from the post of federal tax ombudsman, according to a notification issued the ministry of law.

The notification was issued by the minister for law and justice after approval from President Arif Alvi.

According to private media reports the government is likely to appoint Justice (retd) Faqir Muhammad Hussain Khokhar, a former judge of the Supreme Court of Pakistan, as the federal tax ombudsman.

Former Inspector-General of Police (IGP) in Punjab, Mushtaq Sukhera was appointed the federal tax ombudsman in August 2017 by the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) government after his retirement from service after serving for more than three decades in the police in April 2017.

The notification “regarding appointment of Mr Muhstaq Ahmed Sukhera (Retd-PSP/BS-22) as the Federal Tax Ombudsman is hereby withdrawn ab initio”, read the official notification from the Ministry of Law and Justice.

Justice (retd) Faqir Muhammad Hussain Khokhar, a former judge of the Supreme Court of Pakistan is likely to be appointed the Federal Tax Ombudsman.

The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) led federal government has prepared a reference against the former IGP Punjab for his alleged failure to avert the 2014 tragedy in Lahore’s Model Town. The government had forwarded the reference to the Law Ministry.

On October 9, 2018, An Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) had framed charges against Mushtaq Sukhera on a private complaint filed by the Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) in connection with the IGP’s alleged role in June 2014 Model Town massacre.