Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has sealed the head office of Shaheen Air International (SAI) after the airline provided a bank guarantee of Rs. 1.2 billion. SAI is finally able to resume its operations and has announced to start Hajj flights from August 27th.
On Friday, August 17th, FBR Inland Revenue team raided SAI head office and sealed it after the airline failed to pay its tax amount on time. FBR had issued a tax collection notice of Rs. 1.2 billion to SAI. After the head office was sealed, SAI operations and all international and domestic flights were halted.
SAI spokesperson Zohaib Hassan told ProPakistani that the airline was given the tax notice. Management of SAI was working to pay this amount on time but the FBR team arrived at the head office on Friday evening and sealed it. Due to Eid holidays banks were closed not only in Pakistan but also in Middle Eastern countries.
“On August 24 SAI provided a bank guarantee to FBR. On this FBR agreed to allow SAI to resume operations. The Airline not only has to fulfill Pakistani laws but also has to follow international laws. Due to this, the tax payment was delayed,” Zohaib added.
SAI head office will resume operations from today.
SAI has been in hot waters for the past few months and has been facing difficulties from CAA and tax authorities.