25 politicians own ‘Benami’ Properties worth a whopping 8 Billion – FBR to intensify the operations

These high-profile personalities have registered lands, which are thousands of kanals, and other assets in the name of 73 benamidars in two provinces.

The Federal Board of Revenue’s Benami (prohibition) zones investigations have advanced into high-profile cases. These cases involve 25 politicians that are said to have Benami assets worth more than Rs. 8 billion in Sindh and Punjab.

These high-profile personalities have registered lands, which are thousands of kanals, and other assets in the name of 73 benamidars in two provinces.

Out of these 25 cases, fifteen are under investigation in Lahore zone only, meanwhile, Karachi and Islamabad zones are each investigating five cases each.

One of these cases involves 7,500-kanal benami land. The Islamabad Zone has filed six references before the authorities against Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Senator Chaudhary Tanvir Khan under the Benami Act.

Another case, which is in its decisive phase under the Islamabad Zone, involves over 125,000-kanal benami land. It is also believed to be related to the Sharif family.

Even though officials were unwilling to reveal details of the remaining three cases under the Islamabad zone, it was confirmed that these cases also involve politicians. However, there were a total of 10 benamidars in the five cases.

So far, zero references have been filed in the five cases being investigated by the Karachi zone into benami assets. These assets are believed to be linked to politicians and 15 cases being investigated by the Lahore zone of the FBR. These are at an advanced stage but are yet to be brought to an end.

The Lahore zone covers Punjab, except civil Rawalpindi division. On the other hand, the Karachi zone is in charge of Sindh and Balochistan. The Islamabad zone is responsible for Islamabad, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and civil division of Rawalpindi.

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