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FIA starts probe against importers involved in tax evasion through mis-declaration

FIA starts probe against importers involved in tax evasion through mis-declaration

KARACHI: On the directions of Director Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) Sindh, the Anti-Corruption Circle of FIA Karachi has initiated an inquiry regarding evasion of tax by various importers through mis-declaration in connivance with the clearing, forwarding agents and some of customs officers, causing huge financial loss to the government’s exchequer.

The spokesperson of FIA Sindh Ahsan Ali Khoso informed Customs Today that beside some other inquiries regarding corruption in various government institutions, the investigation against tax evaders has also been started after the approval of the competent authority.

The inquiry is being conducted under the supervision of Assistant Director Rashid Khanzada, who was transferred to the FIA from the Customs Department. Earlier, he was serving as the principle appraiser at Directorate General of Transit Trade, Karachi

Rashid Khanzada has been posted in FIA initially for a period of three years on standard terms and conditions of deputation during the month of February of 2017 and was latterly transferred to FIA ACC in Karachi.

At this time Rashid Khanzada is working on various inquiries and cases regarding customs department with his team including Sub Inspector Adnan Dilawar and other on the directions of Additional Director FIA ACC Karachi Ashfaq Alam.

Two weeks earlier after the findings surfaced by Rashid Khnazada, FIA ACC arrested two Chinese nationals namely accused Zhong Zhongmin Country Manager and accused Li Chonhong Deputy Country Manager BGP (Pakistan) International in concoction with mega tax evasion scam in which FIA ACC registered FIR against the Chinese Oil & Gas Surveying Company M/s BGP (Pakistan) International, its clearing agent M/s IMT Co, customs officials and others on the allegation of preparing/submitting fake/bogus corporate guarantee for clearance of their surveying equipment valuing Rs677 million.