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APCAA wants impartial inquiry into ATT scam: Jamal

APCAA wants impartial inquiry into ATT scam: Jamal

KARACHI: All Pakistan Customs Agent Association (APCAA) wants transparent inquiry in Afghan Transit Trade (ATT) scam to reveal the real culprits involved in it.

This was stated by Senior Vice President All Pakistan Customs Agents Association (APCAA) Arshad Jamal during an exclusive interview with Customs Today at his office recently.

He said that Federal Board of Revenue (FBR), Customs Department and National Accountability Bureau (NAB) held inquiry about 28,000 missing containers in ATT scam. However; National Logistics Carrier (NLC) and Pakistan Railways had already admitted before NAB that they had sent 10,000 and 11,000 containers respectively across the border to Afghanistan and Afghan authorities had acknowledged the same.

Senior Vice President APCAA Arshad Jamal said that Customs Department should launch inquiry against its officials dealing with Afghan cargo.

Jamal further informed that rehearing of ATT scam is to be conducted by Customs officials at the end of this month (August).

He said that role of Customs agents has already been elaborated in public order 16/2000, that they are only responsible for goods before assessment & examination and after that Customs officials, border force and national carriers are responsible to help cross goods to Afghanistan.

“We have held a detailed meeting with Chairman FBR Tariq Bajwa in this regard and informed him about view point of APCAA, and FBR Chairman assured us for conducting impartial inquiry in ATT scam”, he added.