Arif Alvi shares secret FBR report on smuggling in Pakistan
Pakistan Tehreek -e- Insaf (PTI) MNA Dr Arif Alvi had sent a letter to Chairman of Public Accounts Committee (PAC) Khurshid Shah and asked for an explanation from the tax authorities.
Arif Alvi wrote in the letter: The issue is very alarming, therefore, I would like to request you that a notice be sent to the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) for explanation. If such a report has been written, PAC would like to have a copy as well as a response on the action taken.
Arif Alvi said while talking to the The Express Tribune, “Besides the revenue implications, the impact on the industry and growth is more damaging.”
“The negative implications of smuggling for the economy could be in the range of $6 to $7 billion annually, if the impact on industry and jobs is also calculated,” he added.
The report had revealed that Pakistan was losing almost $ 2.63 billion a year just because of smuggling of 11 goods that were more alarmingly and dangerous for the economical situation of Pakistan. The first-ever-comprehensive report revealed the value to be $ 9.1 billion.
Today, Arif Ali revealed the report therefore. He tweeted the link of the report saying, “I have published the ‘Strictly Confidential’ FBR report on smuggling & loss of revenue to Govt of $ 2.64 Billion per year.”
I have published the 'Strictly Confidential' FBR report on smuggling & loss of revenu to Govt of $2.64B/yr Read herehttps://t.co/jlVAaYNx27
— Dr. Arif Alvi (@ArifAlvi) January 27, 2016
I am releasing this secret but very revealing report on the damage caused by smuggling to Pakistan’s economy and particularly to revenues which could have been collected every year had smuggling been controlled. The report estimates that smuggling of only eleven commodities results in a loss of $2.64 Billion in revenues such as customs duty, sales tax and withholding tax. Read the full report:
I strongly disagree with the practice to classify such reports and marking them ‘Strictly Confidential’. I have therefore written a letter to the Chairman of Public Accounts Committee to summon FBR officials and the Finance Ministry in the committee so they can be grilled to find out why is this matter being hidden and neglected. The government has totally failed to curb this menace. In fact government officials are totally involved in this huge corruption.
To meet its expenditures PMLN government continues to burden the poor with indirect taxation on petroleum products, cellphone calls etc. Black money shelters in property, the recent tax amnesty bill, Swiss banks and other tax havens, investments in Dubai properties etc. continue to rob us in broad daylight, while the poor are being ground into misery with indirect taxation.