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LHC summons FBR chairman to report on arms import case

LHC summons FBR chairman to report on arms import case

LAHORE: The Lahore High Court has summoned Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) Chairman to explain the action taken against customs officials involved in an arms import case.

Justice Muhammad Khalid Mehmood Khan passed the orders on a petition filed by Sultan Ali, an arms dealer, for quashing a prohibited arms import case.

Sultan through his petition submitted that he imported 1,505 semi-automatic pistols from Turkey for another arms dealer as per allowed quota and rules. He said that the consignment was cleared by the Customs on January 4, 2011 but after ten months, the Customs department registered a case against him as well as others for importing prohibited automatic arms. He pleaded the court to quash the FIR against him.

However, the respondent department informed the court that the petitioner imported automatic weapons instead of semi-automatic weapons. On last hearing, a report prepared by Humayun Khan, DG PCA, FBR, was placed on record in this regard.

The court summoned FBR chairman on December 2 to know about the action taken on the report.