PESHAWAR: Federal Board of Revenue Chairman Asim Ahmad on Thursday said that Torkham state of the art dry port was the land mark for the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa which would contribute a handsome amount to the national economy.
Chairman FBR Asim Ahmad was chief guest at ceremony.He was speaking to the ceremony of world customs day celebrated at custom house in Peshawar. He thanked Khyber Pakhunkhwa custom officials for their efforts that brought vital change in revenue collections.
Asim said Pakistan custom was plying a key role in the country’s economy. He said Pakistan customs officials were defending the economic frontiers.
The FBR chief said single window operation system placed at custom points was the significant acheivement of Pakistan’s customs that encourage traders to enhance their import and export with Afghanistan and central Asian states. He said despite the fragile country’s economy, Pakistan customs had kept its pace and gradually overcoming from economical challenges. He said it was also important to create friendly enviornment and enable citizens to get proper information about customs policies. He said they were working to train staff and create dynamic customs work force.
FBR chairman Ahmad Asim Ahmad said role of customs was to facilities and bring easement in the custom process.
Muhammad Salim, cheif collector customs Khyber Pakhtunkhwa said world customs day was celebrated every year to create awareness and create friendly enviornment for citizens and to promote culture of knowledge-sharing and professional ideas. He said custom was known for public services delivery for traders and customers. He said Pakistan customs was the pioneer working on training professionals. He said custom officials were at the forthfront and sharing information.
He said Pakistan customs took several steps to modernize custom process and facilitate traders. He said Torkham dry fort was a land mark for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa customs. He said a number of customs officials in the line of duty whose sacrifices would not go waste.
Muhammad Salim said world countries excelled just because of automation in trade sectors. He said they were working to bridge and fill the revenue gap. He they were committed to achieved Rs,7.47 trillion target set for the year 2023.
Salim said Pakistan customs had formulated policy for the current year to collect direct taxes.He said collection of direct taxes collection would be more than indirect tax collections.
Collector Enforcement Peshawar Moeenuddin Ahmad Wani praised the custom staff and urged them to further work hard and ensure to curb smuggling.He said in the past few months they have seized million of foreign currency,narcotics and other contrabands at various custom points including Torkham and Bacha Khan airport in Peshawar.
Wani said world-wide custom day aimed to promote cooperation and information sharing with sister agencies and other government departments.
Cheif guest FBR chairman Asim Ahmad awarded addtional collector enforcement Muhammad Zakir, superintendent custom Sadiq Ahmad,Peshawar chief collector custom Public Relation Officer(PRO) Sohail Ahmad certificates on their best performance in the past year.
Beside the custom and FBR officials, custom clearance agents, United States,Afghanistan and Iran embassies staff and diplomates were also attended the event.