ISLAMABAD – Public Accounts Committee (PAC) Chairman Noor Alam Khan on Monday directed the authorities concerned to submit complete record of assets owned by judges of the Supreme Court and high courts and their travel history.
Khan sought the details while chairing a meeting called to examine income and assets of apex court’s Justice Mazahar Ali Akbar Naqvi. The PAC head expressed resentment over absence of provincial chief secretaries, saying if they were afraid of someone.
Barjees Tahir recommended Khan to seek record of asset owned by Justice Naqvi from the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR), Federal Investigation Agency (FIA), State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) and other departments.
At one point, the PAC chairman said the value of a house in the federal capital is Rs250 million but it is undervalued in documents submitted to the FBR in order to evade taxes.
Noor Alam Khan also warned the officials of issuing their arrest warrants if they fail to show up in the next meeting. “I am authorised under the law to conduct investigation of assets beyond means cases through FIA or any other department”.
He directed the officials to provide details of assets, wealth statement, tax returns and plots held by the judges of the apex and high courts. He said the official will have to submit the record within 15 days.
He also summoned officials of NAB and Nadra and chief secretaries.
Pakistani currency remains largely stable against US dollar and other currencies in the open market on February 24, 2024.
In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.5 for buying and 282.55 for selling.
On Saturday, Euro stands at 302 for buying and 305 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 352.5 for buying, and 356 for selling.
UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76.1 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.35.
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