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FBR impounds benami luxury vehicle

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ISLAMABAD: Anti-Benami Zone – I Islamabad of the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has impounded a luxury vehicle from a residential premise in the capital.

A FBR spokesman on Friday said that it was first of its kind operation in which the anti-benami zone confiscated a luxury five-door vehicle from a residential premise in the capital.

Initial clue to this vehicle’s benami ownership was traced from Excise Office Islamabad Capital Territory.

The suspected benami owner was not enrolled with FBR and upon enquiry he disowned the vehicle and disclosed that he was just a driver whose CNIC was used by the beneficial owner of the vehicle.

After completion of enquiry and investigation, a reference was filed to the Adjudicating Authority which was decided in favor of ABI.

Whereabouts of the vehicle were traced to a house in Islamabad which was subsequently searched, and, on 2nd June 2021, the vehicle was confiscated / impounded with the help of local Law Enforcement Agencies (LEAs) under the Benami Transactions Prohibition Act 2017.

In accordance with the directions of the Prime Minister, momentum against benami assets accelerated in June 2019 with the inception of Anti Benami Zones across Pakistan.

Newly created zones have so far filed more than 90 references of various categories of assets including shares, bank accounts, vehicles, land etc. Among them are 33 vehicles which shall be confiscated as soon as these references attain finality under the law.

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