SHC orders FBR to release seized PIA aircraft

Published: April 3, 2014
A file photo of a PIA aircraft.

A file photo of a PIA aircraft.

KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Thursday ordered the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) to immediately release two of the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) aircraft it had seized earlier, Express News reported.

The FBR had confiscated the carriers for non-payment of tax worth Rs56 million. PIA had then filed a petition, challenging this move.

During today’s hearing, PIA lawyer Haider Sheikh informed the court that the two aircraft were rented from a European company and the said tax was not applicable on them.

After hearing the argument, the SHC ordered the release of the aircraft. The trial was adjourned till April 28 when the applicability of the tax will be discussed.

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Reader Comments (3)

  • sashayub
    Apr 3, 2014 - 5:09PM

    Amazing, first, they dont collect tax, then they impound an aircraft which is not in ownership of the tax defaulter (PIA)………topi drama ho to aisa…..the process was completed without any consequence or damage to either institution……..paperwork well done, nothing actually achieved!Recommend

  • Ajamal
    Apr 3, 2014 - 5:16PM

    This is total rubbish on the part of FBR. PIA is the national carrier with almost all its assets inside Pakistan. Confiscating an aircraft would only add to the passengers’ misery and loss of revenue.Recommend

  • Mo Manuwar
    Apr 3, 2014 - 9:56PM

    when will FBR. confiscate any property of politicians,crook business men,,,,they should start with sharif brothers,then Zardari and co,work their way downwards ,otherwise its just topi d tree dramaRecommend

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