Shaheen Air International (SAI) seems to be in hot water after Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) froze its accounts and ordered the airline to stop its operations due to non-payment of taxes and duties.
Sources in FBR informed that SAI has not paid Federal Excise Duty for the last 2 months, their net payable amount has reached Rs. 700 million. FBR said that they have sent several notices but the airline did not respond.
“SAI gave no response of the notices. They neither replied in writing nor did they pay the duties.” the source told.
After the legal notice’s duration ran out, FBR froze an account of SAI and withdrew Rs. 22 million.
FBR also wrote a letter to Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) to stop SAI’s operations as the airline is not able to follow the law of the land.
A spokesperson from SAI, Zohaib Hassan, denied the reports of action taken by the FBR against SAI. He told ProPakistani that the airline is paying taxes on time and no tax or duty is pending. However, he confirmed that the FBR wrote a letter to CAA.
“FBR has written a letter to CAA to stop the flight operations but they withdrew the letter afterwards.” Zohaib Hassan told.
SAI, the local carrier from Pakistan, is constantly in trouble. The airline has faced difficulties and disputes with CAA, SIB and now FBR.