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FBR chief, Member Customs direct Chief Collector Nazim to end smuggling, tax evasion

FBR chief, Member Customs direct Chief Collector Nazim to end smuggling, tax evasion

KARACHI: Federal Board of Revenue Chairman Tariq Bajwa along with the Member (Customs) Nisar Muhammad Ali Khan on Tuesday visited Customs House Karachi.

Both the high-ups of the FBR arrived at Customs House, Karachi at around 9.30am and held long hour meetings at the Chairman’s Secretariat with the officers concerned of the Pakistan Customs.

The meeting was attended by the Chief Collector-Appraisement (South) Nasir Masroor Ahmed, Chief Collector-Enforcement (South) Muhammad Nazim Saleem, Collector-MCC Appraisement (West) Muhammad Saleem, Collector-MCC Appraisement (East) Najeeb-ur-Rehman Abbasi, Collector-MCC Preventive Syed Muhammad Tariq Huda, Collector-MCC Gwadar Syed Tanvir Ahmed, Director-Directorate of Reforms & Automation Majid Yousufani, Director General of the Directorate of Transit Trade Khawar Farid Maneka, Director Transit Trade Ibrahim Vighio, Director Input-Output Co-efficient Organization (IOCO) Shahnaz Maqbool while the Collector of MCC-Quetta and Collector of MCC-Peshawar were also present on the occasion.

The agenda of the meeting chaired by Tariq Bajwa consisted of achieving revenue targets at regular interval and explore means of revenue generation by curbing tax evasion and under-invoicing, improving performance of anti-smuggling organization (ASO) countrywide and to take initiative in order to conduct regular strategic training to the Customs’ officers.

During the meeting, the FBR Chairman stressed upon uprooting the smuggling activities and asked the Chief Collector-Enforcement (South) Muhammad Nazim Saleem to evolve an effective strategy in order to eliminate smuggling of Iranian oil and diesel within country.

On the occasion, the Chairman FBR directed Collector-MCC Gwadar Syed Tanvir Ahmed to utilize all available resources in order to restrict smuggling of Iranian diesel and patrol in the jurisdiction of the Collectorate.

However, the FBR chief lauded the performance of Anti-Smuggling Organisation (ASO) of Gwadar Collectorate in its recent operations at Khurkherra Check-post in which the Collectorate seized around Rs100 million smuggled items including Iranian diesel and petrol and other contraband items.

Tariq Bajwa also urged the Collectorates to implement effective strategy in order to maintain the pace the revenue collection in order to achieve desirable results by getting revenue targets.

He also asked the officers concerned of Pakistan Customs to keep vigilant eye on malpracticing including under-invoicing and mis-declaration by taking undue advantage of SROs.

It is pertinent to mention here that the Chairman FBR visited MCC-Port Muhammad Bin Qasim on Monday and held meeting with the officers of the Collectorate. The sources informed Customs Today that the monthly visits of  Mr Bajwa and r Muhammad Ali Khan has clearly showed the willingness of the FBR high authorities towards the revenue generation.