Hearing a suo motu case on foreign properties owned by Pakistani nationals, Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Mian Saqib Nisar on Thursday ordered Prime Minister Imran Khan’s sister Aleema Khan to deposit Rs29.5 million in taxes and fine.
Aleema Khan and her lawyer Salman Akram Raja appeared before the court as a three-judge bench headed by the chief justice heard the suo motu case on foreign bank accounts and assets owned by Pakistani citizens.
As the hearing went under way, the chief justice asked the premier’s sister, “How much did you buy the property for?” To this, Aleema responded, “I bought it for $370,000.”
When asked by the chef justice when she bought the property, the premier’s sister said, “I bought it in 2008 and sold it last year.”
Responding to Justice Nisar’s question whether she purchased the property from her own money, Aleema said, “I took loan from the bank and for 50% of the total amount of the property and the other 50% was my own money.”
Aleema’s counsel Salman Akram Raja then said, “We have submitted details of bank transactions and accounts in court.” The chief justice remarked, “Then deposit Rs18 million within a week.”
At this, the commissioner inland who probed Aleema Khan’s tax details informed the court, “As per our estimate in keeping with the documents, Aleema has to file tax returns worth Rs29.5 million.”
Further, the bench remarked, "Aleema Khan will have right of appeal; however, before that she will have to file income tax returns."
Justice Nisar added, "If the deposit is not made then her property will be seized."
The bench then remarked, “If Aleema Khan wants, she can take legal action against FBR officials; however, before filing an appeal she will have to pay Rs2.94 million.”
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