Corruption in Customs: FBR to submit report before SCP on Friday

KARACHI: Chairman FBR will submit the report before the Supreme Court of Pakistan on Friday, June 22, 2018. SCP had taken suo moto notice into the complaint regarding corruption and misuse of green channel facility as well as rampant smuggling. SCP advised FBR to submit a report in this regard within 10 days, which are completing on June 22, 2018.
FBR had sought comments from Directorate of Customs Intelligence & Investigation. The Directorate in it’s report highlighted gross misuse of green channel facility under the patronage of officers. Sources said this report has irked Member Customs.
Comments were also sought from Chief Collector Abdul Rasheed Sheikh. Abul Rasheed Shaikh also submitted the report mentioning their performance and detection of cases. He also mentioned in the report that the audit was conducted to ascertain that affairs pertaining to the Green Channel were running smooth and there had been no scam. He also mentioned in the report that another audit was conducted to ascertain that valuation rulings were applied properly on imported consignments.
An official said besides misuse of Green Channel, there has been rampant smuggling in the last four years and Customs Intelligence & Investigation practically patronized controlled smuggling causing irreparable loss to the national economy.
Sources said FBR had finalized an all is well report for SCP, but after the Customs Intelligence report was leaked to the media, FBR modified it’s report.
Supreme Court, sources said, should also take notice of this controlled smuggling under the alleged umbrella of Customs Intelligence & Investigation. Sources said that if a forensic audit was conducted of WeBoc and Paccs, scams involving hundreds of billions of rupees would be unearthed.
Moreover, the case of corruption and smuggling in the transit trade should also be reopened. Further, the case of flying invoices was also covered, while fake refunds were issued worth billions of rupees by FBR, which need to be investigated properly.
Several officers said to that a commission comprising of former Customs officers Ramzan Bhatti, Mohammad Saleem and Tanveer Akhtar Malik of IRS and Director RMS Shahnaz Maqbool should be formed to detect and recover government’s lost revenue.

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