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Syed Hassan Nasir Shah assumes charge of PQA Chairman after Asad Chandna’s removal

KARACHI: Rear Admiral (R) Syed Hassan Nasir Shah has assumed the charge as Chairman Port Qasim Authority (PQA), replacing Asad Chandna as its chairman, who had allegedly allowed the Qasim International Container Terminal (QICT) to hire Indians at key posts. Customs Today exclusively reported on the issue and exposed major irregularities committed by the QICT high-ups in connivance with the ... Read More »

QICT, Maersk evading billions of rupees sales tax with SRB connivance?

KARACHI: Top officials of Sindh Revenue Board (SRB), Qasim International Container Terminal (QICT) and M/s Maersk Pakistan (Pvt) Ltd are allegedly involved in country’s biggest ports and shipping scandal worth billions. SRB’s active connivance with QICT and Maersk is suspected as it is not taking any action against these companies for evading billions of rupees sales tax. Sources said QICT ... Read More »

‘Govt must take action against PQA’s Asad Chandna & QICT’s Junaid Zamir for collecting exorbitant charges’

MULTAN: Illegal Clearance of contraband items and collection of exorbitant demurrage and detention charges from importers with the active connivance of corrupt officials like Port Qasim Authority’s chairman Asad Rafi Chandna and QICT CEO Junaid Zamir is a big question mark on the integrity of maritime affairs ministry. Federal Government must take stern action against these officials to protect the ... Read More »

PQA, SECP keep mum over dangerous developments at QICT

KARACHI: The Qasim International Containers Terminal (QICT) has violated the agreement with Port Qasim Authority (PQA) by appointing Indian officials at key posts through a foreign holding company without the approval of the Ministry of Interior (MoI). Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) and PQA chairman Asad Rafi Chandna also failed to take any action against QICT senior officials ... Read More »

Evidence surfaces on PQA’s Asad Chandna involvement in multi-billion demurrage scam

KARACHI: Documents have surfaced hinting at possible involvement of Port Qasim Authority (PQA) chairman Asad Rafi Chandna in the multi-billion demurrage and detention scam as his intentional inaction on the issue even after an agreement leads to suspect his full connivance with Qasim International Container Terminal (QICT) CEO Junaid Zamir in the whole scam. Credible source has provided Customs Today ... Read More »

FIA summons Port Qasim Authority officer, Asad Chandna role in demurrage mega scam case under question

KARACHI: The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has taken up the issue of illegal demurrage and detention charges taken from importers by terminal operator in connivance with Port Qasim Authority. FIA summoned PQA officer on 7 May, 2019, to ascertain his role in mega demurrage and detention scam case. According to details, Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) Corporate Crime Circle Karachi has ... Read More »

NAB authorises inquiry against Maersk, QICT, SRB in multi-billion scam case

KARACHI: The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has authorised inquiry against officials of Sindh Revenue Board, QICT and M/s Maersk Pakistan (Pvt) Ltd in country’s biggest shipping scandal involving 400 billion rupees. The NAB received the complaint with subject: Building dams by recovering losses of more than Rs 400 billion from officials of port terminals like Qasim International Container Terminal (QICT) ... Read More »

$1.22 billion FDI expected at PQA in next five years

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) to the tune of $ 1.22 billion is expected over a period of five years through development projects at the Port Qasim Authority (PQA). “Currently, all development projects at the port are being undertaken in private sector on Build–operate–transfer (BOT) basis without costing a penny to PQA” a well placed source at Ministry of Ports ... Read More »

Port Qasim handles 142,459 tonnes of cargo

KARACHI: The Port Qasim Authority said it handled 142,459 tonnes of cargo during 24 hours till 8 am (0300 GMT) on Wednesday compared to 130,336 tonnes previous 24 hours. Cargo handling in tones:  Wednesday    Previous Export cargo    54,426       34,152 Import cargo    88,033       96,184 In the last 24 hours, six ships arrived and seven ships sailed. In the next 24 hours, ... Read More »

Illegal appointments at Port Qasim: SC disposes of contempt of court plea

ISLAMABAD: Supreme Court (SC) has disposed of contempt of court plea filed by Abdul Jabbar Memon on non-implementation of court orders in connection with illegal appointments at Port Qasim. Chairman Port Qasim Authority (PQA) Agha Jan Akhtar appeared in the court in person and said in his written statement that 97 staff members and 7 top officers have been sacked. ... Read More »

Ports & Shipping Ministry, PQA issued contempt notices

ISLAMABAD: Supreme Court of Pakistan has admitted for preliminary hearing contempt of court plea on non implementation of court’s orders regarding illegal appointments and has issued notices to Port Qasim Authority and Ports and Shipping Ministry. Three member bench of the Supreme Court led by Chief Justice of Pakistan Tassaduq Hussain Jillani took up the contempt of court plea for ... Read More »

Coal handling capacity of ports to be enhanced: Kamran Michael

KARACHI: Minister for Ports and Shipping Kamran Michael has said that enhancement in the working capacity of ports is in process in regard to coal handling to meet the expected surge in its demand by power plants across the country in near future. The minister said that in order to develop supply chain starting from ports up to the entry ... Read More »