Liquor import: Government exchequer suffered loss of Rs3.0 billion, PCA tells FIA

KARACHI: Directorate of Post Clearance Audit (PCA) Audit, in its report to FIA, has unearthed a huge scam relating to diplomatic bonded warehouses, wherein the government exchequer was inflicted a loss of Rs3.0 billion.

Additional Director Post Clearance Audit (PCA), Islamabad Talib Hussain in his statement to Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) claimed that Director Nadeem Hussain had colluded with the culprits and turned liquor seizure case into evaluation difference case.

Additional Director Talib Hussain further informed FIA that Director Nadeem Hussain made to efforts to affect recovery despite a liability of Rs3.0 billion had been established. Moreover, no action was taken against the Diplomatic Bonded Warehouse M/s General Enterprises Co.

It may be mentioned here Directorate General PCA was entrusted with the task of conducting audit and investigation of diplomatic bonds falling under the jurisdiction of Model Customs Collectorates Karachi.

It may be mentioned here that earlier, Directorate of Post Clearance Audit (PCA) Islamabad had sought provision of record from MCC Preventive Karachi. PCA Islamabad is conducting this audit under the request by FIA to provide data in this regard.

FIA is investigating involvement of officers and officials in corruption and misuse of authority during previous years.

Additional Director PCA Talib Hussain  ought complete record of M/s General Enterprises Co with note sheets whether liquor was ordered to be included in the license and subsequently the renewal of the license.

PCA has also sought copies of the license of Diplomatic Bonds of M/s General Enterprises Co along with the names of directors/owners and tax numbers of the company.

PCA has requested MCC Preventive to explain the rules, laws, procedures, CGO and standard operating procedures under which M/s General Enterprises was entitled to import liquor through in-bond and ex-bond mode by availing exemption under Chapter 99 of Pakistan Customs Tariff.

PCA also wants to know the measures taken by MCC Preventive to ensure safe ad supervised transportation of liquor from diplomatic bonds to the diplomats/privileged persons as the liquor is otherwise banned.

An official said diplomatic consignments were used to smuggle liquor and other goods since long and the incidence of such import increased around the Christmas and New Year. It was known officials of several embassies were involved in this dirty business.

An official said government should devise a system that liquor could be imported legally for foreign tourists. The official maintained liquor can be sold to foreigners on presenting their passports.

All leading tourists destination including United Arab Emirates have legalised sale of liquor.

The official said legalised commercial import of liquor would generate large amount of revenue as well as provide impetus to the tourism industry.

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