Pakistan Ship’s Agents Association (PSAA) has urged government to curb menace of under /over invoicing, mis-declaration and smuggling, which is badly impacting country’s economy. As everybody in the country knows that this menace is causing massive losses to the exchequer of Pakistan and also resulting in bad name for our beloved country Pakistan.
Tariq Haleem Chairman of PSAA while congratulating Syed Muhammad Shabbar Zaidi, on his appointment as Chairman, Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has expressed hope that Shabbar Zaidi will be performing a great service for our beloved Pakistan and can play a positive e role in controlling / stopping over invoicing, smuggling etc.
Tariq Haleem Chairman of PSAA has said that it is in everybody’s knowledge that none of these nefarious activities can be carried out without facilitators / go-betweens and added, “We believe that some of these facilitator types have F.I. R’s already registered against them they should be fully investigated / dormant files should be revived. FBR should appoint a taskforce / J.I.T. to address this issue on a war footing and all these culprits should be vigorously pursued, caught and prosecuted”.
He suggested that customs intelligence, FIA, all border authorities, ministry of interior etc., should all form special J.I. T’s to finish off this menace / cancer under the direct monitoring of the Honorable Prime Minister of Pakistan. These J.I. T’s should report to the Honorable Prime Minister on a biweekly basis if not more.
These types of facilitator are the enemies of the economy of our beloved Pakistan, remarked by Chairman of PSAA. The association has also requested all its members from the maritime sector (shipping agents, terminals) to keep a special eye / watch out for these facilitators and report them immediately to concerned authorities if they find out about them. It may be noted that customs clearing agents do not fall under the maritime sector.
It is high time that thus menace / disease that is eating into the economy of Pakistan is rooted out.