KARACHI: Vice Chairman Pakistan Economic Forum, Sharjeel Jamal has expressed concerns over the involvement of Customs officers and officials in the switch bill of lading scam undertaken by M/s M.M Traders.
Sharjeel Jamal said it was a pre-planned game, which caused loss of huge revenue to the national exchequer. He said that a petition was being filed at the High Court requesting detailed audit of WeBOC system to ascertain the loss incurred and fix responsibility.
Jamal sharply criticized clearance of scrap and used clothing through green channel saying this practice resulted in gross misuse of the facility.
He said Assistant Collectors ad Appraising Officers are involved in the scam and Rs50,000 to Rs150,000 was given to the officials and officers as bribe for not creating the examination, which is why all the consignments of M/s M.M Trading were processed without examination.
FIRs have been lodged against importers M/s M.M Trading Company and M/s Al-Aswed Associates; clearing agent M/s Ali Co, M/s ERA Marine Agencies, M/s SHUFS Logistics, Muhammad Idrees, Muhammad Ali, Muhammad Ahsan, Muzammil and others for fiscal fraud and illegal funds transfer abroad. The accused are also involved in mis-declaration of imported goods to evade duty and taxes as well as circumvent provisions of Import Policy Order to import banned goods.