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ECC directs to form committee to ensure prompt clearance at ports after Customs Today coverage

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ISLAMABAD: Customs Today has been raising the issue of delay in clearance process at Karachi ports since last several years and finally the Economic Coordination Committee in its meeting directed the formation of a committee headed by Minister for Ports & Shipping Ali Haider Zaidi to bring up proposals for prompt and efficient cargo clearance at ports. According to details, ... Read More »

NAB Karachi arrests Agha Siraj Durrani; several politicians, corporates’ fate hangs in balance

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ISLAMABAD: The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on Wednesday arrested Sindh Assembly Speaker Agha Siraj Durrani. After arrest of former ports and shipping minister Kamran Michael, Customs Today had reported a few days ago on 16 February that the Bureau would arrest senior politicians soon. According to details, NAB has accused him of illegal appointments, misuse of power, misappropriation of funds ... Read More »

NAB interrogates Kamran Michael, authorises inquiries against senior politicians

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ISLAMABAD: The National Accountability Board (NAB) authorised 13 inquiries against various personalities, including former MNA Ghulam Rabbani Khar and his daughter Hina Rabbani Khar, authorized 3 investigations against former PM Ch. Shujaat Hussain and former Punjab CM Ch. Pervaiz Elahi and started interrogation against former ports and shipping minister Kamran Michael over allegations of corruption and misuse of authority. Chairman ... Read More »

65 officials of QICT, Maersk NABed in Rs 610 billion inquiry

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KARACHI: The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) in its Regional Board Meeting (RBM) has authorised inquiry to ascertain role of 65 officials of QICT and M/s Maersk Pakistan (Pvt) Ltd in country’s biggest Ports & shipping scandal involving 610 billion rupees. As per the complaint received by the NAB, the nexus of some Customs staff, port terminals like QICT along with ... Read More »

NAB authorises inquiry against Sohail Shams in demurrage mega scam case

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KARACHI: NAB Regional Board authorized inquiry against CEO of United Marine Agency Sohail Shams and management of KMTC in a mega detention scam worth billions. Sources said these officials of shipping lines and their agents with the help of some senior customs officials are robbing businessmen to the tune of Rs 15 billion per year. Innocent importers of Pakistan get ... Read More »

Sohail Shams, Adil Khan NABed in detention charges mega scandal inquiry

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KARACHI: NAB Regional Board authorized inquiry against CEO of United Marine Agency Sohail Shams and management of KMTC, Pacific International Lines (PIL) and M/s Pacific Delta Shipping (Pvt) Ltd in a mega detention scam worth billions. Sources said that main beneficiary of the Pacific Delta Shipping is Adil Khan and he is also key planner of mega scam of detention ... Read More »

NAB asked to probe Maersk, PIL, Pacific Delta in multi-billion demurrage & detention scam

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KARACHI: The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has received an application against M/s Maersk Pakistan (Pvt) Ltd and also against Pacific International Lines (PIL) and its agents in Pakistan, M/s Pacific Delta Shipping (Pvt) Ltd in a mega scam of demurrage and detention worth billions. The complaint received by the NAB demanded legal action for recoveries of amounts looted and recovering losses of Rs. ... Read More »

Illegal control of QICT by Indians without MOI clearance poses high security threat

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KARACHI: Illegal appointment of Indians at Pakistan’s strategic sea port Qasim International Containers Terminal (QICT) without the Ministry of Interior’s (MOI) clearance could pose security threat to the country. Indians are spying on the QICT as it is controlled by M/s DP World Group with 75% shares and, many of the management staff and directors of board are Indian nationals. ... Read More »

FIA asked to recover billions from PIL, Pacific Delta in demurrage & detention scam

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KARACHI: The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has received an application against Pacific International Lines (PIL) and its agents in Pakistan, M/s Pacific Delta Shipping (Pvt) Ltd in a mega scam of demurrage and detention worth billions. The complaint received by the FIA demanded legal action for recoveries of amounts looted and recovering losses of Rs. 610 billion to the national exchequer per year ... Read More »

After Maersk, PIL & Pacific Delta also evaded ST worth billions with SRB connivance

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KARACHI: After uncovering of the alleged scam of Maersk Pakistan (Pvt) Ltd, now it has been unearthed that Pacific International Lines (PIL) along with its agent in Pakistan, Pacific Delta Shipping Pvt. Ltd, have also reportedly evaded sales tax to the tune of billions of rupees. Customs Today reported extensively about alleged mega sales tax scam of Maersk Pakistan (Pvt) ... Read More »

FIA cyber-crime registers first FIR against anti-state elements

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LAHORE: The National Response  Centre of cyber crime Punjab chapter of the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has first ever registered a case against the anti-state elements on the charges of launching a derogatory/ defamatory/ slanderous campaign against the Pakistan armed forces (National Security institutions) through digital/ social media under relevant sections of existing cyber crime laws i.e. Prevention of Electronic ... Read More »

FIR application against PIL, Pacific Delta Shipping for demanding illegal charges

FIR application against PIL, Pacific Delta Shipping for demanding illegal charges

KARACHI: Pacific International Lines (PIL) and its agents in Pakistan, Pacific Delta Shipping (Pvt) Ltd, are harassing and disturbing genuine importers through illegal holding & blocking of their imported goods for the sake of demanding additional demurrage and detention charges in violation of relevant customs laws. Importers have filed application to lodge FIR against this shipping line and its agents ... Read More »

NAB asked to probe Maersk Pakistan, PIL in multi-billion demurrage & detention scam

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KARACHI: The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has received an application against M/s Maersk Pakistan (Pvt) Ltd and also against Pacific International Lines (PIL) and its agents in Pakistan, M/s Pacific Delta Shipping (Pvt) Ltd in a mega scam of demurrage and detention worth billions. The complaint received by the NAB demanded legal action for recoveries of amounts looted and recovering ... Read More »

CJP lauds police performance for retrieving lands from grabbers

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LAHORE: Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar has lauded the police performance, especially Punjab Police DIG Legal Abdur Rab’s role in retrieving huge lands, including residential houses and agriculture lands, from the grabbers. DIG Legal Abdur Rab submitted a report to the Supreme Court at its Lahore Registry detailing police performance regarding the properties it retrieved from grabbers and ... Read More »

Chief Secretary orders SRB to probe Maersk Pakistan’s mega sales tax scam within 15 days

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KARACHI: Customs Today unearthed mega sales tax scam of Maersk Pakistan (Pvt) Ltd where the company in connivance with its agents, audit firms and some officials of Sindh Revenue Board evaded billions of rupees sales tax in terms of services provided to its local clients. After extensive coverage of the issue by Customs Today, the Sindh Chief Secretary through diary ... Read More »

Customs Today reports set off alarm bells at PM Office, Hammad Azhar takes notice of green channel mega scam

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ISLAMABAD: State Minister for Revenue Hammad Azhar, taking notice of the sheer misuse of Customs green channel facility extensively reported by Customs Today, has directed FBR Chairman Jahanzeb Khan to probe the issue and report back to him. According to details, Hammad Azhar asked the FBR to give him comprehensive presentation on working of Green Channel at Karachi ports and ... Read More »

Biggest ever Sales Tax fraud: NAB asked to recover billions from Maersk Pakistan

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KARACHI: The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) is asked to intervene and investigate the biggest sales tax fraud of M/s Maersk Pakistan (Pvt) Ltd to recover billions of rupees ‘evaded’ money as the company is not cooperating with the Sindh Revenue Board (SRB) for audit. Commissioner Operations Sindh Revenue Board (SRB) Mohammad Amir said audit of M/s Maersk Pakistan (Pvt) Ltd ... Read More »

PM, CJP, Chairman NAB asked to intervene to end nepotism from CSB

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ISLAMABAD: Fawad Hassan Fawad, a grade 22 officer who was arrested by the NAB in Ashiana Housing Scheme scandal, during the previous regime targeted efficient and hardworking officers who would not toe his line. For this purpose, he planted Naveed Cheema as chairman FPSC. Sources said his (Fawad) modus operandi was that only scanned portion, cut and paste out of ... Read More »

Customs Today exposes mega scam: SRB admits sales tax recoverable from Maersk with worldwide $149.407b sales

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KARACHI: Customs Today exposed mega sales tax scam of M/s Maersk Pakistan (Pvt) Ltd and now Sindh Revenue Board (SRB) also confirmed it would recover evaded sales tax from the company after completion of audit. Maersk Line provided $149.407 billion (around Rs 20,170 billion) worth of services provided to clients across the world during last 6 years but subsidiary of ... Read More »

Sales tax mega scandal: SRB Commissioner vows stern action against Maersk Line

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KARACHI: Commissioner Operations Sindh Revenue Board (SRB) Mohammad Amir said that stern action would be taken against M/s Maersk Pakistan (Pvt) Ltd after completion of audit by the Board as it is found that the company ‘evaded’ sales tax on services worth billions of rupees. Talking exclusively with Customs Today, Amir said that the Board will definitely issue a show ... Read More »