ISAF container case: FBR directed to recover money within two weeks

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Wednesday directed the chairman of Federal Bureau of Revenue (FBR), Ali Arshad Hakeem, to recover money from the accused in the International Security Assistance Force (Isaf) missing containers’ case.

The case was heard by a three-member bench of the apex court, headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, Justice Gulzar Ahmed and Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed.

Justice Gulzar Ahmed also ordered the FBR chief to personally submit a report on the recovery in two weeks’ time.

Until now, the FBR has managed to recover only Rs 5.06 million out of the total recoverable Rs 54.73 billion mentioned in a Jan 19, 2011 report by the Federal Tax Ombudsman Dr Shoaib Suddle due to the restrictions imposed by the pending lawsuits.

During the previous hearing, the bench had asked the FBR to submit a comprehensive report, including details of the duties and levies recovered.

The court was earlier informed that an amount of Rs54.73 billion had been embezzled in the International Security Assistance Force (Isaf) containers’ case, and that individuals involved in the scam held stay orders from the High Court.