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Federal Board of Revenue has issued a rebuttal on a news item published by Daily “The News” on February 5, 2020 about the issuance of Benami Transactions (Prohibition) Rules, 2019. FBR has explained that Benami Transactions (Prohibition) Rules, 2019 under Benami Transactions (Prohibition), Act, 2017 were notified through SRO. 326(l)/2019 dated 11th March, 2019 by Dr. Hamid Ateeq Sarwar, Additional Secretary (IRS/BS-21 Officer). He is also holding the charge of Member (IR-Policy), FBR (HQ) since 4th December, 2018 vide FBR’s Notification No. 2236-IR-I/2018. It is further clarified that all the Members of FBR hold the ex-officio rank of Additional Secretary as per Establishment Division’s Notification dated 18th March, 1987.
It is pertinent to mention at the time of issuance of instant SRO Mr. Mohammad Jehanzeb Khan (BS-22 officer of PAS) was holding the charge of Chairman, FBR / Secretary Revenue Division. After final vetting of Benami Transactions (Prohibition), Rules 2019 by Law & Justice Division and approval of the same by Cabinet Committee for Disposal of Legislative Cases (CCLC), the Summary containing the Benami Transactions (Prohibition) Rules, 2019 was moved by Mr. Mohammad Jehanzeb Khan Chairman, FBR / Secretary Revenue Division for the approval of Federal Cabinet. The whole process of issuance of SRO and initiation of Summary for approval of Federal Cabinet is in legal conformity.