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SC orders PM’s sister Aleema to pay tax liabilities on Dubai property

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court ordered Prime Minister Imran Khan’s sister, Aleema Khanum, to pay liabilities within a week in the foreign properties case.

Aleema was present during Thursday’s hearing and was accompanied by her counsel Salman Akram Raja.

The three-member bench hearing her case, headed by Chief Justice Saqib Nisar, said if Aleema does not pay the due tax, then her properties will be attached as part of the case file.

FBR informed the apex court that a fine and tax worth Rs29.4mn has been placed on Aleema.

The court added that she retains her right to appeal the decision. FBR was also instructed to submit a report of her case after a week.

In an earlier hearing, a FBR official had informed the apex court that Aleema had not availed FBR’s amnesty scheme to purchase her UAE property.

“She had not declared her apartment and the FBR issued a notification on February 8, 2018, which she did not receive as she was abroad. Aleema had purchased the property using a loan and later sold it,” said the official who earlier submitted a sealed report in the court.

He said the PM’s sister was served a notice in February 2018 for not declaring the apartment. Aleema purchased the flat using a loan from a bank which was paid off through the rent. The flat was sold off after its loan was cleared. The court asked the current status of the issue when the flat has been sold.

In October, the FBR is a report revealed that several prominent political figures and government officials, including premier’s sister Aleema, owned properties in the UAE.

Notices were later dispatched to all individuals involved in acquiring properties in the name of another person. However, since the premier’s sister was abroad at the time, the notice was sent to her via e-mail.

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