LAHORE - In response to the challenge posed by PTI chief Imran Khan regarding declaration of assets, a spokesperson for Sharif family on Sunday said that Sharif family had been paying taxes every year regularly. The spokesperson said that PML-N President Mian Nawaz Sharif paid Rs 2.5 million as tax during 2010-11, while he paid Rs 2 million in 2009-10. Similarly, Shahbaz Sharif deposited Rs 5.74 million, his spouse Nusrat Shahbaz Rs 1.32 million, Hamza Shahbaz Rs 2.3 million and Salman Shahbaz Rs 1.3 million as taxes during 2010-11, he said. He said that copies of all tax related documents and figures of Sharif family were being dispatched to media. The spokesperson further said that Punjab Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif had been issuing details of his assets regularly since 2008. The assets of Sharif family, he said, were public documents and anybody having any doubt could challenge these in court of law. Mian Shahbaz Sharif would abandon politics if anybody could prove that his actual assets were more than the declared ones, he stated. Meanwhile, Salman Shahbaz Sharif has said that his forefathers had started business in 1930 and made assets with their hard-earned money. He said that his uncle and father declare their assets every year. Expressing his views in a private TV programme, the son of Chief Minister Punjab Salman Shahbaz Sharif said that the assets of his family are declared every year and tax returns are also filed. He said that Ittefaq Foundry had been paying billions of rupees in taxes in 1960s and 1970s. He said that the family faced political victimisation from the period of Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto to Musharraf. He said that Sharif family is not involved in an NICL scandal or looting Hajis. He said that the company has thousands of employees and is making investment in Pakistan. He said that the family is also engaged in sugar, poultry and dairy business which it will continue to expand. Salman said that the Sharif family has neither operated its business with the funding of private banks nor got loan from any public sector bank or got any loan written off on political basis. Company has been engaged in textile industry and been providing jobs in rural sector, he said. He said that the family has not taken funding from any public sector bank since it came into power. He said that the family has a history of 60 to 70 years and the property was inherited from his grandfather. He said that the family has an ancestral house in Model Town and agriculture land in Raiwind. He said that his grandfather had set up Ittefaq Hospital, Sharif Medical City and Education Complex in the 90s without taking assistance from the government. He said that a fund of Rs five crore was given to Shaukat Khanum Hospital during the tenure of his uncle. Salman further said that his family could not come to Pakistan in the 90s as the democratic government had been toppled. He said that Hassan Nawaz set up his business there as he could not return to the country. He said that he looks after the business only and if anybody has any problem he should go to UK and check the record in the land registry. His family invested Rs two billion in Pakistan specially Punjab during the last two years, he added. He said that money has been borrowed from private banks and tax return of Rs 45 crore has been made. He said that when Ittefaq Foundry was set up his grandfather had been operating the business in the 70s. He said that six factories were set up at that time despite the fact that the family was not in power. Salman said that Mian Nawaz Sharif was a student at Government College at that time. He said that it was but natural that the business should have extended with the profit earned from the six factories. He said that his father had been fighting against cancer in 2005-6 in a New York hospital and he rang up from there and asked to help Shaukat Khanum hospital. He said that he personally went to Imran Khan and donated for Shaukat Khanum Hospital. He said that it is strange that Imran Khan is not finding faults with the government and was levelling allegations against his party.