Customs officer transferred for pointing out corruption in FBR

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ISLAMABAD: Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has transferred its senior customs officer for writing a letter to Adviser to Prime Minister on Finance and Revenue Dr Abdul Hafeez Shaikh regarding the abolishment of internal audit directorates.

According to notification available with this scribe, Dr Akhtar Hussain, a BS-20 officer of Pakistan Customs, has been transferred from the Directorate of Internal Audit (Customs) Lahore to the Collectorate of Customs (Adjudication) Faisalabad.

Earlier, Dr Akhar Hussain had alleged that the abolishment of internal audit directorates had taken away from the Customs Internal Audit its capacity to detect custom officers’ corruption.

“The Directorate of Internal Audit Karachi has been abolished to shelter those customs’ officers who are responsible for 90pc of corruption that takes take place throughout the country in a year,” he had alleged. “The Lahore directorate has been abolished for various reasons, all of which directed towards protecting the corruption from audit detections.”

It is pertinent to mention that Dr Akhar Hussain had also faced demotion and transfer when he gave a decision against six sugar mills, including Chaudary Sugar Mill, for giving concession and illegal rebate on the export of sugar to Afghanistan.

4 COMMENTS

  1. Recently we had read reports to the effect that there was a discrepancy of over Rs.200 billion in tax receipts collections data between the State Bank of Pakistan and FBR. Who stole the money, nobody knows.

    And now another PTI blunder.- the abolishment of the Internal Audit mechanism.

    Without any effective checks and balances after the abolishment of the Internal Audit system, more money will be siphoned off into the pockets of the corrupt FBR officials.

    The transfer of Dr Akhtar Hussain proves that Imran Khan is just making tall claims about cleaning up corruption from the bureaucracy. In fact, this corrupt bureaucracy, a legacy of Zaradari and Sharif Brothers, would eventually become Imran Khan’s downfall.

    How can the PTI government even show a semblance of transparency and accountability without Internal Audit?

  2. This is very shocking that honest officers sre being transferred for pointing out the corruption within their department. I strongly recommend that FBR chairman must take serious notice of it otherwise people will feel that PTI govt is not serious in wiping out corruption in our country.

  3. This is very shocking that honest officers sre being transferred for pointing out the corruption within their department. I strongly recommend that FBR chairman must take serious notice of it otherwise people will feel that PTI govt is not serious in wiping out corruption in our country.

  4. Very surprised as Shabar zaidi need to probe

    Where as same has been going on at SSGC
    reported to PM office but no action.
    Corrupt management is enjoying positions.

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