KARACHI: Chairman Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) Tariq Bajwa and Member Customs Nisar Muhammad Khan have issued clear instructions for strengthening the enforcement system of Model Customs Collectorate (MCC) Preventive.
This was stated by Chief Collector (Enforcement) Muhammad Yahya during an exclusive interview with Customs Today at his office.
The Chief Collector (Enforcement) admitted that MCC Preventive was facing lack of manpower and modern equipment. However; the situation would be improved very soon in the department.
“Despite all odds at MCC Preventive, the collectorate is utilising its available resources in best way”, the Chief Collector added.
To a query, Chief Collector (Enforcement) Muhammad Yahya said that fulfilling all the requirements including capacity building and training will ultimately improve the performance of MCC Preventive.
He further informed that non-availability of suitable men in place of outgoing veterans and experienced officials is another dilemma, which affects the performance of MCC Preventive.
Replying to a question, Muhammad Yahya said that Pakistan Maritime Security Agency is one of the best agencies of the country and Customs has no reservations in order to conduct joint raids against smugglers in deep sea.
Answering another question, Chief Collector Muhammad Yahya denied any missing link between Customs officials and informers, who leak out the information against smugglers.
“We have a well-coordinated system of exchanging information between Customs officials and informers, adding that MCC Preventive strives hard to foil smuggling bids”, he added.
He further said that high officials in FBR and Pakistan Customs are determined to make MCC (Preventive) Enforcement more effective in order to combat rising smuggling bids and trafficking.