ISLAMABAD: Directorate of Customs Intelligence and Investigation (I&I) Additional Collector Shahid Jan has said that the government has taken a positive decision to create separate departments like Member Policy and Member Enforcement of FBR, which will put a positive impact on overall performance of the apex revenue authority of the country.
While talking to Customs Today, Shahid Jan said that after stern instructions, almost all the staff members are attending office punctually from 9am to 5pm as per government rules.
Talking about performance of Customs Department, he said that members of Asia Pacific Group of Financial Action Task Force (FATF) appreciated the performance of Customs Department during their visit to Pakistan last month, where they asked the Pakistan Customs to concentrate on performance and improve enforcement.
Shahid Jan said that Customs fetched 45% of revenue out of total revenue collection of the country which illustrates that Pakistan Customs is working up to the mark. Regarding matter relating to the revenue collection, he added that the government should focus on performance of Inland Revenue Service (IRS), “I mean if IRS works properly, the country can grab more revenue”.
Jan stated that the customs basic responsibility is enforcement while it is also outstandingly collecting revenue under all heads i.e. sales tax, customs duty and federal excise duty etc.
Answering another query, the additional director said that money laundering is a serious issue which must be tackled on war footing basis because the country is already included into grey list by FATF. “We can come out from gray list but we have to streamline issues relating with money laundering and banking sector,” he added.