FBR may withdraw Afghan Transit Sugar Case tomorrow

KARACHI: The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) which rigorously contested Afghan Transit Sugar Case up to Supreme Court of Pakistan through Senior Advocate Raja Muhammad Iqbal, is going to withdraw the same tomorrow i.e Wednesday, Nov 25, Custom News learnt from reliable sources.

According to details, the government law officer will move an application for re-opening of the case as the case is fixed for announcement at 1.p.m on Tuesday by a three member special bench. The application would include prayer for allowing the withdrawal of case.

Although an Additional Director., Afghan Transit Trade has flew to Islamabad to appear before the court, the likely move by FBR is stated to be due to political pressure.

The Afghan Transit Trade Directorate lost the case before the High Court of Sindh which after detailed hearing ordered release of the consignments of Sugar which was detained by the Pakistan Custom authorities on ground that it has a pungent smell and unfit for human consumption.

The owners/importers of Afghan origin maintained that Pakistan Customs has no authority or jurisdiction to check the quality of the sugar and only they can see or inspect is that whether the consignment comprises of the item listed in documents.

The order of the SHC was assailed before the apex court and order was reserved about three or four months back and was fixed for tomorrow for judgment by the three member special bench.

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