I&I takes note of scam running at MCC Port Qasim

KARACHI: Directorate General of Customs Intelligence has put on hold three more consignments, which would be reexamined to determine whether the consignment was mis-declared.

Director General Customs Intelligence & Investigation Shaukat Ali has taken notice of reports that gross mis-declaration was carried on in organized manner at MCC Port Qasim causing loss to national exchequer.

Directorate of Customs Intelligence Karachi has already served contravention report on M/s Shahbaz Traders, which was found involved in evading government’s revenue through mis-declaration.

Source said that initial investigations have found that the scam was started in April 2016 and Federal Minister Khurram Dastgir, Collector Mukkaram Jah Ansari, Additional Collector Masood Sabir and Appraising Officer Mir Mubashir are running this scam.

Earlier, Chief Collector Abdul Rasheed Shaikh transferred Mir Mubashir to Post Clearance Audit on complaints of corruption. However, Mir Mubashir is running the affairs at Port Qasim from his office at Post Clearance Audi.

Sources said that Collector Port Qasim had issued WeBOC IDs to some of the officials who were not even posted at MCC Port Qasim such as Mir Mubashir. Moreover, this official is also using User IDs of some officials posted at examination and assessment of MCC Port Qasim.

Sources said that Mir Mubashir was influencing the postings and work distribution  at MCC Port Qasim and Collector was taking decisions on the recommendations of this appraising officer.

According to details, imported consignments were being cleared on grossly mis-declared values, mis-declared weight and quantity and government revenue was being evaded to the tune of billions.

DG Customs I&I Shaukat Ali has taken note of this situation and started investigation. A contravention report has already been served on one company while three more consignments have been put on hold for re-examination.

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