Properties of 895 Pakistanis traced in UAE, SC informed

200 issued notices to clarify position with reference to properties, apex court told

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Staff Report

ISLAMABAD

The Supreme Court (SC) has been informed through a report on offshore accounts of Pakistanis that properties of 895 Pakistanis have been traced in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

The report further said that notices had been issued to 200 from among those 895 persons asking them to clarify their position with reference to those properties.

A three-member bench of the SC presided over by Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar took up the case for hearing on Wednesday.

Attorney General (AG) Anwar Mansoor Khan told the court that the affidavits for seeking explanation about their properties were also being summoned from Pakistanis to whom notices had been issued.

The previous hearing of suo motu notice on offshore properties of Pakistanis was held on September 19 wherein positive indications were given to the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) for investigation from the owners of the properties, which had surfaced recently.

AG Khan said in his reply that affidavits had been received by the FIA from 642 owners of different properties in the UAE, and affidavits from the remaining 253 owners were awaited.

The FIA officials, while explaining the situation, said that several among those who were served notices took advantage of the Foreign Asset Declaration and Repatriation Bill 2018 and had disclosed their properties already.

Khan said following the arrival of affidavits, the FIA would start investigation into them as a first step.

The return of plundered money, which was laundered to offshore accounts and foreign assets, will be the next step.

The court rejected the AG plea seeking access to information about the properties confiscated by the NAB, which pertained to those who had benefited from the amnesty scheme so that investigation could be initiated against them.