Traders call for removal of Director Federal Board of Revenue to avert harassment

Islamabad, August 06, 2014 (PPI-OT): The local traders have called for urgent removal of Malik Tanvir, Director (Intelligence and Investigation) FBR Islamabad as he is taking measures that are creating lot of unnecessary harassment in the business community.

Khalid Mian, President, ICT Chamber of Small Traders and Small Industry said that the country is in a state of war and the government machinery is mainly focused on dealing with IDPs, but at such critical times, FBR Director (Intelligence and Investigation) is taking measures that are pitching traders against the government. He said FBR officers through an SRO were given massive powers against which the whole business community of the country had risen in protest, resultantly Finance Minister Ishaq Dar issued orders for withdrawal of said SRO.

However, the steps of FBR’s Director (I and I) Islamabad are creating lot of concerns in trade and industry as many individuals and businesses have been issued notices despite the fact that Lahore High Court has given a decision against such tactics.

He appealed to the Finance Minister Mr. Ishaq Dar to immediately remove Director (I and I) from his position, order for investigation against his assets, send his corruption cases to the NAB and his name may be included in the ECL. He said Director (I and I) has established a sub-jail in servant quarter of his office to detain taxpayers illegally in order to blackmail them for palm greasing. He threatened that if the said sub-jail was not removed urgently, due action will be taken to save businessmen from further insults.

Khalid Mian said that all government departments are wary of taking any measures that may push people to join 14th August protest, but ironically Director (I and I) is taking such steps as are enticing the taxpayers to join the protests. These tactics smack of a conspiracy against the current government. He said even the small traders including cigarette retailers are not safe from the blackmailing tactics of Director (I and I) FBR. It seems that he has the patronage of Chairman and Acting Chairman FBR.

He was wondered as to how corrupt officers like Director (I and I) are working under the nose of Finance Minister as they neither accept government policy nor court decisions. He warned that if Malik Tanvir was not removed from his position, traders would launch strong protests against FBR.

For more information, contact:
Khadam Hussain
Secretary General
ICT Chamber of Small Traders and Industry
Tel: +92-51-2601615
Cell: +92-333-9288388
Fax: +92-51-51-2601611
Email: ictcsti@gmail.com

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