Shabbar Zaidi: Carrier Profile of new Chairman FBR

Shabbar Zaidi: Carrier Profile of new Chairman FBR

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan has appointed Syed Shabbar Zaidi as chairperson of the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR).

The prime minister made the announcement on Monday during a conversation with senior media persons in the federal capital.

The appointment of Zaidi, a renowned economist and tax affairs expert, came days after the removal of Jahanzeb Khan from the position as head of the tax collection body.

Syed Shabbar Zaidi is a Pakistani chartered accountant and former caretaker Provincial Minister of Sindh, who served in 2013 caretaker ministry. He is also a senior partner in A. F. Ferguson & Co., a member firm of PwC.

He is mainly known for his extensive contribution towards development of taxation and fiscal laws of the country.

Syed Shabbar Zaidi has also authored many books, including Panama Leaks – A Blessing in Disguise – Offshore Assets of Pakistani Citizens, A Journey for Clarity and Pakistan: Not a Failed State.

On Saturday, the government appointed Dr Reza Baqir – a Pakistani economist working for the International Monetary Fund (IMF) – as the governor of the State Bank of Pakistan.

The key appointments to the key positions come as Islamabad seeks to finalise a bailout package from the global lender IMF.