PESHAWAR: The Customs Department of the Federal Board of Revenue has demanded the possession of 250 NDP vehicles impounded by the Excise and Taxation Department of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Government.
The sources said Collector Customs at Customs House Peshawar Gul Rahman has ordered the formation of a high level delegation for taking the fleet of vehicles.
Earlier, the Peshawar Customs and Excise Department held several meetings regarding the handover of NDP vehicles to the Customs Department. But, due to unknown reasons, the meetings failed to yield positive results for the Peshawar Customs.
Earlier, the Customs Department had won a case against the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Police in Peshawar High Court after which 25 NDP vehicles had been handed over to the Customs Department. These NDP vehicles were taken into possession by the Police Department by conducting different raids inside the KP.
The Peshawar High Court had also directed the Excise Department to hand over these vehicles to the Customs Department but, due to slow procedure adopted by the Excise Department, the NDP vehicles have not been delivered to Peshawar Customs for which FBR has decided to take the case forward in order to get the possession of these vehicles.
The power to impound NDP vehicles rests in the Customs laws and the primary duty of the Customs Department to investigate the NDP vehicles has been taken by other departments in order to eliminate the use of NDP vehicles in KP province.
The customs official at the Customs House further informed Customs Today on Monday that the FBR has got documents of vehicles which are in possession of the Excise Department. The Peshawar High Court has also given its verdict to deliver the NDP vehicles to Peshawar Customs. But the Excise Department is not willing to transfer the possession of the NDP vehicles to the Customs Department, he maintained.