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Customs Court summons witnesses against Aslam Singapuri in Rs28.57m tax evasion case 

Customs Court summons witnesses against Aslam Singapuri in Rs28.57m tax evasion case 

KARACHI: The Customs Court directed investigation officer to produce witnesses against Aslam Khan alias Aslam Singapuri, sitting MNA 254 Karachi, booked in a case of mis-declaration and evading the duty and taxes in the tune of Rs28.57 million to the national exchequer.

On 17 March 2020, during the hearing, accused appeared before the court, court directed investigation officer to produce witnesses on next date of hearing, court also extended suspect’s pre-arrest bail till next date of hearing.

It needs to be pertained here that in general election 2018, Aslam Khan elected from NA 254 Karachi known Azizabad (Nine Zero Area) on Pakistan Tahreek-Insaaf’s ticket.

According to the charge sheet, customs court framed charge on accused Muhammad Azam and Hameeddin on Dec 14, 1997 that “you along with absconding accused Muhammad Aslam Khan @ Aslam Singapuri, Muhammad Saleem Khan, Ch. Sajjad, Asif and Akhlaq Ahmed, in the year 1997 smuggled into Pakistan Electronic goods worth Rs. 28.57 million in association with Pakistan Air Force personnels and under the garb of defence stores of Pakistan Air Force and thereby committed an offence punishable under section 156 (1) (8) (9) (89) and 14 read with section 178 of the customs act, 1969 and within the section 178 of the customs act, 1969.

Documents further revealed that on August 03, 2004 court announced judgment in this case and acquitted above mentioned two suspects giving benefit of doubt, however, court issued non bail-able warrants absconding suspects and filed was moved to office.