Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) leader, Altaf Hussain has been fined by the British government for not paying nearly over £2 million to the national exchequer over a period of 20 years. Further investigations are underway for evading taxes over large earnings running into millions of Pounds. The tax investigation is based on income, payments, assets accumulation and National Insurance contributions which were never paid since 1995-2015.
Syed Bukhari, a British-Pakistani, has been sentenced to seven years in prison for trying to fake his own death to claim one million pounds from an insurance company. Bukhari, 39, impersonated his wife on the phone, claiming that he had passed away following a heart attack in Karachi. Bukhari “used a bogus death certificate”, medical certificate, and a trust document to progress his insurance claim.
Several charity posters and pamphlets with a picture of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Nawaz Sharif have emerged in different parts of London, requesting donations for his treatment. The posters carrying a message for Nawaz’s treatment read that “Please donate your ‘Sadqa and ‘Zakat’ (charity) to save your’s Qaumi (National) hero.” The banners have appeared in the East London area.
Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Accountability Shahzad Akbar has claimed that British authorities have agreed to extradite former finance minister Ishaq Dar to Pakistan under a memorandum of understanding. While the response from the UK government was positive, extradition documents for Dar have yet to be signed. Once signed, Dar will be repatriated to Pakistan.
While meeting Chairman of Pakistan Tourism Board, Zulfiqar Bukhari, the Chairman of The Virdee Foundation, Peter Virdee, stated that over 500 million GBP (Rs. 96.5b) will be donated to Pakistan by Sikh businessmen to develop religious tourism. The meeting was organised between the two sides at Rembrandt Hotel, London, to discuss religious tourism and establishment of the Kartarpur Sahib Corridor.