FBR Freezes PIA’s Accounts Over Tax Evasion

The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has frozen all bank accounts of the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) over non-payment of outstanding tax dues.

According to the news reports, PIA has to pay Rs 10 million to the FBR, but the national carrier could not make the payments on time.

The FBR, in response, froze all PIA accounts, making it difficult for the latter to pay salaries to the employees and fund flight operations.

Apart from payment of salaries and pensions, PIA is also struggling to acquire fuel for its jets as the national carrier is unable to pay suppliers.

The accounts were frozen and even after the passage of three days, no progress has been made. As per reports, the talks between the PIA and the FBR also bore no fruits.

In the past, the FBR had frozen almost half a dozen bank accounts of the national flag carrier after PIA defaulted on Rs 3.5 billion tax payments. The issue ended when PIA deposited Rs 85 million and pleaded that freezing the accounts had started affecting the airline’s operations.


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