Minister Aleem Khan Arrested In Pakistan - Owns Massive Assets
| Virendra Kumar Gaur, Former IG, BSF - 08 Feb 2019

Minister Aleem Khan Arrested In Pakistan - Owns Massive Assets

By V K Gaur

New Delhi, February 8, 2019: Abdul Aleem Khan, Community Development Minister for Punjab Government in Pakistan and was taken into custody by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on 6, Feb.19.

 Aleem Khan, is a senior leader of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI). A spokesperson for NAB confirmed Aleem Khan’s arrest in a probe into a case pertaining to owning assets beyond his known sources of income and an offshore company. His case was probed after he was named in Panama Leaks in April 2016 among 435 Pakistanis. The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) acquired physical remand of arrested Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) leader and former provincial minister Aleem Khan from an accountability court on Thursday, reports Dawn.

According to press reports, the NAB had contacted the authorities in the United Kingdom to seek the details of assets owned by Punjab’s senior minister for local government and community development Abdul Aleem Khan.

He is president Tehreek-e-Insaf for central Punjab and also was the front runner for the Post of Chief Minister of Punjab.His tax returns, remittances and bank transactions from the Federal Board of Revenue and the State Bank of Pakistan revealed that he owns assets worth over Rs918 million, but a business estimated at merely Rs 90,000 in Pakistan.

Aleem’s nomination papers, submitted for NA-129 seat, showed that former MPA held total assets worth Rs918,278,855 with personal property valued at more than Rs159 million; his ownership of shares is said to be worth more than Rs129.3 million.

His domestic business, according to the documents, was valued at a mere Rs90,000,  whereas his foreign businesses amounts to over Rs8.1 million.

Aleem owns 43 registered companies in Pakistan and three outside the country. Moreover, he had almost a million rupees in cash as well as over Rs64 million in various banks at the onset of elections held last year.He also ownsornaments and vehicles worth almost Rs1 million and Rs34.7 million, respectively. He is a real estate tycoon who listed his furniture worth nearly Rs2 million.

In the documents submitted by him to returning officer at the time of filing nomination he earned more than Rs43.9 million in salaries and profit during preceding three years. He paid taxes of over Rs10 million in the said three years. In the same time period, he undertook 23 foreign trips which cost over Rs2.1 million.

The PTI leader has also taken loans worth over Rs1.2 billion. The documents also reveal that the PTI leader took a loan worth almost Rs700 million from his own company.

The PTI leader was facing an inquiry by the NAB in connection with his reported ownership of an offshore company as well as involvement in a private housing scheme in Lahore.

NAB inquiry finally culminated in his arrest. He will be produced before concerned court on 7Feb. He has been advised by PM Imran Khan to avoid giving any press statement.

NAB Action has caused serious embarrassment to the ruling party PTI and Imran Khan the PM. It will further weaken PTI’s government which rests on the mercy of ISI and army.

Photo Courtesy - Dawn 

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