ISLAMABAD: The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) on Thursday issued notifications intimating the suspension of 42 officials.
According to reports, the FBR has suspended Islamabad Large Taxpayer Unit Assistant Commissioner IR Fahad Faizan Khan and 24 other grade-16 officers for a period of three months under Government Servants (Efficiency and Discipline) Rules-1973.
In addition to that 17 officials of Pakistan Customs were also suspended for a period of three months under the same rules.
Suspended officers and officials belonging to Pakistan Customs were posted in Model Customs Collectorate Quetta, Peshawar, Hyderabad, Gwadar, Karachi and Directorate of Transit Trade in Peshawar.
In a separate press release issued by the FBR, Pakistan Customs under its new leadership and in coordination with law enforcement agencies including Police, Frontier Corps, Pakistan Rangers and Maritime Security Agency has launched a country wide operation against transportation, storage and sale of smuggled goods.
FBR said that raids are being conducted on dumping places used for storage of smuggled items and Intelligence based operations are being conducted in all major cities. As a result, during July 2020 smuggled items and foreign currency amounting to Rs3,800 million were seized which is a 143 per cent increase compared to July 2019.
Earlier, during the last three days, FBR had also suspended other Customs employees over corruption allegations.