LAHORE: Former Customs Collector (Preventive) Junaid Akram had put up well-thought-out guideposts against smuggling and the incumbent management has been following his footprints to eradicate the menace of smuggling.
Newly-posted Model Customs Collectorate (MCC) Collector (Preventive) Fazal Yazdani Khan shared these views while exclusively talking to Customs Today at Customs House, Lahore.
“Anti-smuggling superintendent has been changed which is a routine matter while his competence is beyond any doubt,” Fazal Yazdani informed.
The Collector Preventive said he would translate his vision and ideas through different measures, adding that all the officials at the MCC would have to improve their performance as well. Yazdani expressed the hope that in the near future they would be able to unearth macro-smuggling activities on the basis of recently worked out strategies.
“In the days ahead we are looking forward to making crucial headway in anti-trafficking operation”, he pledged, adding that his anti-smuggling team consisted of professionals well-versed in dealing with their responsibilities and fully motivated in producing good results.
To a question about revenue targets of Customs Collectorate (Preventive), Fazal Yazdani observed that the collectorate maintained the desired pace and would meet the revenue targets for the financial year.
“Currently we are on the right track and it is quite possible that we will not only achieve but exceed the target by the end of the ongoing fiscal year,” the collector expressed his optimism.
To another question, the collector said that he had unearthed duty evasion cases on a large scale during his previous stunt at the collectorate three years back.
“Effective curb on duty evasion resulted in increasing revenue of the collectorate by 300 percent,” Fazal Yazdani claimed.
He said that revenue collection jacked up three times due to plugging of loopholes.