FBR seeks permission to investigate

Ayyan’s source of income

Zubair Qureshi

Islamabad—The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has filed an appeal in the Islamabad High Court (IHC) against the Special Court (Custom, Taxation and Anti Smuggling) decision dated March 30, 2016 which declared that law provided blanket immunity to a person’s source of financing.
In its appeal the FBR has contended the decision and submitted that as per law an inquiry could be initiated into the real source of income of any citizen of Pakistan found ‘blinding’ the revenue authorities and particularly in Ayyan Ali’s case, the source which had enabled her to carry that huge amount.
FBR has also sought the court’s permission to investigate the financial source of Ayyan’s US$506,800 under the circumstances that she has not paid income tax in accordance with her possessions.
Federal Board of Revenue (FBR)’s Directorate of Intelligence and Investigation (DII) through its superintendent Zahoor Ahmad Mughal has filed this writ petition before the Islamabad High Court (IHC).
The petitioner has filed the judgment of the Special Judge saying that whether law provides blanket immunity as to source of financing and whether an inquiry could be done to understand the real matter of fact. It further raised a question that whether the onus of proof to establish source of finance lies on Ayyan.

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