Economics & Business

FBR denies rejection of FTO report

Islamabad: Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has denied a news item appearing in a section of press claiming FBR has rejected the Federal Tax Ombudsman’s report on NATO containers scam. In an official statement released on Tuesday, the FBR spokesperson called the news report “incorrect”, saying FBR is already conducting a high-level inquiry in the containers case in pursuance of its commitment made before the Supreme Court of Pakistan. The inquiry committee is yet to conclude its finding.

According to reports the Afghan and Italian consulates in Karachi have been accused of being involved in issuing fake no-objection certificates (NOCs) for the clearance of Isaf cargo destined for Afghanistan, which were eventually pilfered in Pakistan. The allegations, made in a report prepared by the office of the federal tax ombudsman, have been submitted to the Supreme Court which is hearing the case into the Isaf container scam.

Despite repeated attempts, the Italian and Afghan envoys have refused to answer queries sought by the federal ombudsman and Customs Intelligence unit, sources within the two offices say.-FATE Wing, FBR

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