A Grade 17 officer of the Inland Revenue Service (IRS) in Pakistan’s Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has allegedly written a letter to Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif requesting permission to start engaging in corrupt activities from April 1.
The officer claims that he has faced difficulties in meeting his expenses due to his low salary and the current high inflation in the country. In the letter, the officer says that he has been working with the FBR for the last four years and has never committed a single rupee of corruption, despite earning below the table money on several occasions.
However, he now feels left with no option but to look for illicit means to make ends meet, and seeks permission from the Prime Minister to engage in corruption. The officer also shared his salary, which is Rs122,922, and his general expenses, which amount to Rs110,500, not including petty expenses as a husband and father.
He promises not to cause huge losses to the national exchequer and take the minimum possible, as he is not a habitual corrupt person but has been forced by the circumstances and consequent disregard from his own Prime Minister.
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