KARACHI: MCC Appraisement East has lodged FIRs against several persons for illegal removal of pay orders received in Securities Section of the Collectorate and subsequent deposit of the same into unauthorized WeBOC PD Accounts of unauthorized importers with the active connivance of concerned WeBOC Collection Counter staff of National Bank of Pakistan.

According to details of the case, information was received from Collector Ashad Jawad that that some unscrupulous elements are involved in illegal removal of pay-orders from Securities Section of the Collectorate and depositing those into PD accounts of the unauthorized delinquent importers illegally. Principal Appraiser Hamood-ur-Rehman and Adil Rasheed processed the information and unearthed the case.

PD (Pact-deposit/ Personal deposit) account is a facility by which government allows the users of WeBOC system (traders as well as customs agents) to deposit their funds with the government in advance. The funds so deposited are utilized by the owner of PD account for payment of duty and taxes towards his customs liabilities arising in the WeBOC system during the course of import/ export by him. These PD Accounts are maintained on the basis of NTN of the WeBOC user.

This act of unauthorized deposit of said pay orders was made possible with active connivance of accused Muhammad Rafiq, WeBOC Collection Counter, OG-II, National Bank of Pakistan.

It is pertinent to mention here that at the time of deposit of funds into PD account by the National Bank of Pakistan, the WeBOC system asks NTN number of PD Account Holder, in which funds are to be deposited. After entering NTN number by the bank official, the WeBOC systems displays name of PD Account Holder. It is responsibility of concerned functionary of National Bank of Pakistan to check the PD Account Holder name displayed by the WeBOC system and the name of authorized importer on pay order. Only, if both names are matched, the pay order should be accepted for PD account deposit, otherwise it is not allowed.

FIRs have been lodged against Mohammad Rehman Khan of M/s Khan Traders; Khan Mohammad of M/s Noman Trading Company; Malik Sarfaraz Nawaz of M/s Malik Corporation, Naeem Akhtar of National Bank and Mohammad Rafiq.

Malak Hashim has been appointed investigation officer in the case.