The government of Pakistan had asked deputy commissioners all over the country to identify benami properties in their jurisdictions by examining revenue records, capital administration officials said.
The revenue department has found around a thousand suspicious properties that have been detected in the capital as part of a campaign to identify such assets around the country, these properties found to be registered to individuals who were not found at the addresses available in their records.
They said such properties were located in the urban and rural areas. The CNIC numbers of these individuals were obtained and the National Database and Registration Authority will be approached to find them; police assistance will also be sought in this regard.
They added that the objective is to bring the owners of these properties into the tax net and they also directed to inform the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) for legal action.
The capital administration began its campaign after the government issued its directive and asked the revenue department to verify and examine properties registered with the authority, officials said. Tehsildars, patwaris and girdawars were asked to verify properties registered in their offices and carry out surveys in their areas.
A benami property is one that is transferred to or held by someone while consideration for the property has been provided or paid by someone else.
The capital administration has also asked residents of the city to bring them information about benami properties and is using social media for this purpose.
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27 September, 2019