KARACHI: The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has instructed all heads of field formations both Inland Revenue and Customs to ensure full attendance prior to or after the Eid-ul-Azha holidays declared by Government in the formations of FBR immediately.

This sudden circular has spread panic among the officers and officials alike. Many officers and officials had already got their leaves approved for the above-mentioned period.

Moreover, in case any officer/official already been granted leave during the aforementioned days, the same may be treated as cancelled.

It would have been better had the authorities issued these directives earlier, as a large number of FBR employees already made arrangements even the payments for their trips to their natives towns and cities to celebrate Eid with families.

Majority of FBR officers and officials serve at locations away from their homes and families, they are now confused about these sudden instructions.

FBR has warned of strict disciplinary action against the officers/officials defying the aforementioned instructions of the board.