Is the Track and Trace system a fraud or is there fraud within the system?

Deep inside Pakistan’s track and trace problem, a story of inefficiency, judicial interference and conflict of interest unfolds

Pakistan is a country where the bureaucracy hardly gets reprimanded for their mistakes. So when the Prime Minister of the country offers stern criticism to the Federal Board of Revenue over something, it is meant to be taken seriously. A few days ago, PM Shehbaz Sharif, while talking to his federal cabinet called the track and trace system put in place in 2019, a complete fraud with the nation. 

He said that it was a cruel joke that was played with the nation and demanded through investigation of the implementation of track and trace. Since then the track and trace system has made the news quite often. An inquiry committee was formed and up until the filing of this story, two esteemed officers, one of them the current chairman of the Federal Board of Revenue, were found responsible for the “delays” in the enforcement of the track and trace system.

To understand what went wrong with what was promised to be a revolution in sales taxes, Profit followed the tracks of the implementation of this system. What unfolded was nothing short of an indictment of the Pakistani bureaucracy. A tale of red tape, inefficiency, kickbacks, controversies and allegations.


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Shahnawaz Ali
Shahnawaz Ali
The author is a Business and Finance journalist at Profit and can be reached via email at [email protected] and via twitter @shahnawaz_ali1


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