FIA unearths properties of 96 more Pakistanis in UAE

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ISLAMABAD: Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) Monday informed the Supreme Court that it has unearthed properties of 96 more Pakistanis in United Arab Emirates (UAE).
In its report submitted in the court, the FIA claimed that 1,211 Pakistani citizens own 2,154 properties in the UAE. About 345 people have been served notices.
The report also said that 61 people remain unidentified, five are deceased, 10 are uncooperative while one is absconding.
Furthermore, the FIA report said that 413 people took advantage of the tax amnesty scheme that ended in August last year, whereas 167 people declared their properties to the FBR inquiry officer.
It stated that 79 people declared their properties in tax returns filed for the FBR, while 97 people disowned their properties in the UAE. Previously, the FIA had identified 1,115 people who owned properties in the UAE.
Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar assailed an audit member of the Federal Bureau of Revenue for the FBR’s “sluggish” investigation in the case against 44 politically exposed individuals or their benamidars who own properties abroad.
The FBR representative informed the court that the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) had provided data of 895 people and 1,365 properties. About 360 people took advantage of tax amnesty scheme to protect 484 properties, he added.
The FBR audit member further said that Rs340 million have so far been recovered, while the recovery of another Rs768m is expected.
The progress of the case did not impress the chief justice. “You have all the data; you should have taken action within hours,” he said, adding that the matter would never have been taken up if the court had not taken notice.
The FBR member apprised the court that 157 people have still not come forward and that the FBR has written to the Dubai authority for their data.


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