Revenue collection doubled during the five years: Haroon Akhtar
M J Hayat
LAHORE: Prime Minister Advisor on Revenue Haroon Akhtar khan has said
that revenue collection has been doubled during the five years of the
incumbent government and the tax to GDP ratio 10.1 to 13. 2 have been
increased in the five years and with the same pace of revenue
collection fiscal deficit can be met in ten years.
He was addressing the Customs officers here at the Customs House
Lahore on Friday.
Chief Collector of Customs Zeba hai Azhar, collectors Faiz Ahmed,
Jamil Nasir, directors Serfraz Waraich,, Asif Mehmood Jah and other
officers Munib Serwer, Saddia Munib, Ali Zeb Khan, Tayba Kyani were
present on the occasion.
“We are leaving by doubling the revenue in five years”, he said
adding that merit rewarding officials in my time was a feature and no
one can point a figure.” he said
He said that customs service has a huge potential to collect as much
revenue as it can do to reduce current account and budget deficits.
He said that the rit of Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has been
established in a way that no strike and hue and cry have been
“We also listen to the traders and business community but where
evasion of taxes was a matter I never supported”, Khan said.
He said that he has taken the target of credit of doubling the revenue
collection and he talked about it at so many forums nobody has
Do not let me down and get the target of Rs3900billion at the end of
the June 2017-18, he urged the officers, adding that I have gone
through many ups and downs but when even any one criticized FBR unduly
I stood against that.
He said that so far as the promotions of the officers was concerned I
ultimately supported promoting the officers because this something
which is certainly something special in anyone’s life.
He said that Pakistan Customs is one other best organization in the
region, quoting the president of World Customs Organization President
he said the president remarked that Pakistan Customs among the best
Customs in the region.
He said that the image of the FBR has improved I the general public,
departments politicians and establishment and in the days coming it
will further improve and he vow to defend the organization everywhere
where there need be.
He also said that the tax to GDP ratio 10.1 to 13. 3 have been
improved and the Customs played the major role in the five years.
“If we continue to increase tax to GDP ratio in ten years we would be
able to minimize the physical deficit, build your road, airports, dams
and trains just by your own findings,” he added, praying that may
Allah Almighty give FBR good leadership because in that the future of
all of you rests,”
On the sidelines of the ceremony,in answer to a question of this
scribe about green channel smuggling he said that smuggling is
reducing and the ever rising revenue collection is the testimony of
the fact and the intelligence agencies are behind the elements
involved in the crime.