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SC seeks Aleema Khanum tax record in sealed envelope 

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 ISLAMABAD, (TLTP): While hearing a suo-moto case over foreign properties and accounts of Pakistanis on Friday the Supreme Court issued directives to Federal Board of Revenue to submit all tax record of Prime Minister Imran Khan’s sister Aleema Khanum in a sealed envelope in Lahore Registry where Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar is scheduled to hear a number of cases on Saturday (today).

 Responding to query of a three-member bench of the Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar in the matter on Friday, FBR official submitted that Aleema Khanum had availed an amnesty scheme saying due to which Ms.Khanum tax details were confidential.

 However, the Chief Justice of Pakistan asked the FBR official to provide the record in a sealed envelope as the court is interested to examine the same but no record was provided to the court during the course of the day.

 Taking up the matter again in the afternoon, the Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar inquired the FBR official about the record of Aleema Khanum to which the court was apprised that required record was available with FBR’s Lahore office.

 Supreme Court had taken suo-moto notice over reports of siphoning off money by some Pakistani politicians and public officers to abroad without paying taxes through illegal channels. Such money has reportedly fetch through ill-gotten gains or kickbacks from public contracts.

 Expressing dismay over lackluster performance of the FBR on Friday the Chief Justice asked the concerned officials to show progress while probing into properties and bank accounts of Pakistani citizens who siphoned off money from the country.

 Later, Supreme Court adjourned the main case hearing till December 06.

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