ISLAMABAD: Pakistan is engaged in an ongoing fight to root out terrorists on the one hand, while on the other 113 4×4 FC vehicles have been waiting for clearance since 2008. The reason for the delay is a deadlock over tax between the FBR and a local company.
In 2008, FC had purchased 150 vehicles while only 37 vehicles were delivered after customs duty was paid. The services of a local company were sought for the delivery of these vehicles, however, an increase in the price of the Yen drove the price of the vehicles up and clearance was delayed.
Rs 138 million customs duty is due on these 113 vehicles while a fine of Rs 10.80 is also due. FBR Chairman, Tariq Bajwa said the country was in need of tax and these vehicles could not be tax exempt. He added that if this was done other intuitions would also seek tax exemptions.
Sources informed Geo News that this year in May, the tax of two vehicles of the Intelligence Bureau was exempted. These vehicles were purchased by the IB for the PM Secretariat for Rs 110 million and tax worth Rs 124.9 million was exempted.