Thursday, June 30, 2022

Offshore property case: Aleema Khan denies she amassed assets ‘illegally’


ISLAMABAD: The incumbent prime minister’s sister Aleema Khan informed the Supreme Court on Monday during the offshore properties case hearing that she did not amass assets abroad through illegal channels, ARY News reported.

She appeared before the top court today along with her lawyer Salman Akram Raja.

During the hearing, she informed the court that a specific section of media was trying to give an impression that she garnered her wealth illegitimately.

She underlined that international audit firms have conducted an audit of the Shaukat Khanum Hospital (SKH) and the report could also be cross-checked to corroborate her version.

Khan said the properties mentioned in the case were acquired by legal means. “I have been associated with the textile export business for 20 years. The business churned out to be Rs2 billion which also helped the Pakistan economy.”

She stated that she bought a property in Dubai through transfer of money via banking channels. “I also got a loan from a bank in Dubai to purchase the property.” Aleema said. “I spent Rs39.2 million to purchase the property and transferred Rs10.4 million abroad from the aforesaid amount.”

The PM’s sister said she bought the property for business purposes and also paid taxes for it.

“I served my life for the SKH”, the lady told the court, adding that a baseless and fake campaign has disheartened her.

Earlier, the SC had sought a tax record of Khan when FBR informed that she availed a tax amnesty scheme. It her to pay an amount of Rs29.4 million in tax and fine.

Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz leader Marriyum Aurangzeb had claimed that Khan purchased foreign property using funds from the SKH.


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