SC to handle illegal money transfer case tomorrow – Pakistan


ISLAMABAD: Shortly after the return of Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar from the United Kingdom, the Supreme Court will resume hearing on Friday in a case relating to the illegal transfer of money from Pakistan to other countries. The court may also withhold a list of 44 politically exposed persons or their benamidars who owned properties in the UAE.

Provided by the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA), the list contains the name of Aleema Khanum, a sister of Prime Minister Imran Khan. It is identified as benamidar of a property. A notice was emailed to her and delivered to her home, but her household staff said she was overseas.

The list was part of the schedule submitted to a bench of three SC judges comprising Chief Justice Nisar, Justice Faisal Arab and Justice Ijaz-ul-Ahsan.

Taking note suo motu of the case, the Supreme Court observed that it appeared that the money diverted abroad without payment of taxes by illegal means represented either ill-gotten gains or bribes from public contracts. “This money creates gross disproportion, inequality and disparity in society, which distorts economic activity and growth, and constitutes a plunder and theft of national wealth,” he said.

FIA list submitted to Supreme Court shows Prime Minister Aleema’s sister among 44 politically exposed persons with properties in UAE

In an earlier order, the court also observed that it had been common knowledge for years that a large number of Pakistani citizens maintained their bank accounts in other countries without disclosing them to the competent authorities under Pakistani laws or paying taxes on the same in accordance with the law.

The list provided by the FIA ​​also mentions the name of Irfanullah Khan Marwat, a politician, although he disavowed the ownership listed in his name.

Similarly, Mumtaz Ahmed Muslim, who is affiliated with Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf, admitted that he owns properties in Dubai, but not 16 properties as mentioned in the FIA ​​listing.

Rizwana Amin, wife of the late Makhdoom Amin Fahim of the Pakistan People’s Party, owned four properties. A notice was issued to her, but her caretaker did not receive it because she was out of the country.

Naureen Sami Khan, who owned three properties in the UAE, is the wife of Arshad Sami Khan and is audited by the Federal Board of Revenue.

Sardar Dildar Ahmed Cheema, former MP for Faisalabad, has disowned two properties in the United Arab Emirates bearing his name.

Tahira Manzoor owned six properties in the United Arab Emirates. She is the daughter of Tariq Aziz, personal secretary to retired former president General Pervez Musharraf, and is being vetted by the FBR.

Sublina Zulfikar, who owned property in the United Arab Emirates, is the wife of Customs Collector Dr. Zulfikar Ahmed.

Agha Shahid Majeed Khan, a government official and as a customs collector, also owned property.

Zulfikar Baloch, who owned property, is the grandson of former federal minister Mir Ibrahim Reki. He had declared the property received as a gift from his grandfather in the tax returns.

Azra Nasreen, mother of TV presenter Dr Farrukh Saleem, owned property in the United Arab Emirates, but it was declared in the tax returns.

Mohammad Aijaz Haroon, who had served as chief executive of Pakistan International Airlines under the PPP government, has disavowed a property bearing his name.

Abdullah Kadwani’s name was also listed with a property. He is a former PRO to the Governor of Sindh and also an actor.

Irshad Ahmed owns a property in the United Arab Emirates. He is an employee of Sindh Zarai Taraqqiati Bank and previously worked for the local government of Sindh.

Posted in Dawn, November 29, 2018


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