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OGDCL headquarter stays closed in protest on second day



ISLAMABAD: The OGDCL Officers Affiliation in collaboration with CBA Union on Tuesday once more saved the headquarter of the Oil and Gasoline Growth Firm (OGDCL) closed in protest and demanded a elevate of their salaries amid skyrocketing inflation.

Whereas addressing a peaceable demonstration OGDCL Officers Affiliation head Ghulam Murtaza Lashari and President CBA Union Raja Muhammad Saleem reiterated their stance that their peaceable protest will proceed and the OGDCL headquarter will stay closed until the decision of their calls for.

They mentioned it was unfair that the previous workers and officers haven’t been given any elevate of their salaries whereas not too long ago appointed blue eyed Government Administrators (EDs) have been given profitable packages. “These EDs are getting as much as Rs3 million salaries and different enticing perks and privileges whereas their induction can be a giant irregularity if investigated as a few of them are wanting expertise required to such essential place of the nation’s largest Exploration and Manufacturing (E&P) firm,” they added.

They demanded {that a} honest and simply investigation ought to be initiated towards the appointments of Atif Ghafoor, ED Joint Enterprise, Amir Saleem, ED Petroserv, Shahzad Safdar, ED Human Useful resource (HR), Zia Mohi Uddin, ED Providers, Farrukh, ED Exploration and Anas Farooq, Chief Monetary Officers  and held the MD and OGDCL board accountable for such irregular appointments.

“This protest will proceed until the decision of our calls for and if they aren’t heard then we are going to fully shut down discipline websites of the state-owned E&P firm,” they warned.

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Senate committee sad with SBP’s probe into Rs70bn photo voltaic panel rip-off



The Senate Standing Committee on Finance expressed its dissatisfaction with the State Financial institution of Pakistan (SBP) over its dealing with of the investigation into the trade-based cash laundering of over Rs70 billion by way of the import of photo voltaic panels.

The committee, chaired by Senator Saleem Mandviwalla, met on Wednesday to debate the problem for the third time, however discovered the newest report by the SBP to be insufficient and missing in new data or progress.

The committee members questioned why the SBP was not sharing the total particulars of the case, when the Federal Board of Income (FBR) had already established the proof of cash laundering by way of the duty-free imports of photo voltaic panels.

A consultant of the SBP advised the committee that the banks concerned within the case had been recognized and penalised, however didn’t disclose their names.

The committee members, together with PMLN’s Musadik Malik and Saadia Abbasi and PTI’s Mohsin Aziz, demanded that the SBP present the entire data and the names of the banks to the Senate panel.

Senators additionally identified that the cash laundering was a critical offence, particularly at a time when the nation was going through international change constraints and needed to limit important imports.

Mandviwalla mentioned he had been suggesting that the case ought to be referred to the Federal Investigation Company (FIA) for a radical probe, because the SBP was not giving a transparent image to the committee.

PMLN’s Malik mentioned the FBR and Customs authorities had revealed that 63 importers had laundered cash by way of over-invoicing of photo voltaic panels, however this was primarily based on an audit of solely 200 out of 450 importers. He mentioned the whole sum of money laundering could possibly be as excessive as $2.5 billion if all of the importers had been audited.

Customs officers reiterated their earlier stance that they’d began the investigation in October 2022 and located 63 importers concerned in over-invoicing of photo voltaic panels, which had been imported from China however funds had been routed to the UAE or Singapore. They mentioned the photo voltaic panels weren’t bodily examined by the customs as they had been duty-free objects and solely good declarations (GDs) had been introduced to the customs desks.

The FBR had reported that photo voltaic panels had emerged as a high-risk merchandise for over-invoicing and trade-based cash laundering as a consequence of their duty-free import standing and the absence of gross sales tax on native provide.

They mentioned the photo voltaic panels, which had been imported at Rs72.83 billion, had been bought within the home market at nearly half the value, i.e. Rs45.61 billion.

Customs officers mentioned they’d registered instances in opposition to the most important suspects, together with Rab Nawaz and his spouse of Shiny Star Firm, who had been now on bail. Senator Mohsin Aziz mentioned the Shiny Star had laundered round Rs40 billion by way of two banks.

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Govt prone to hand over loss-making energy firms to Pakistan Military



The federal government has determined handy over the administration of loss-making energy distribution firms (Discos) to the military and different legislation enforcement businesses to crack down on electrical energy theft and enhance invoice restoration.

The Information reported, quoting sources, that the Energy Division has ready a plan to determine Efficiency Monitoring Models (PMUs) in each Disco that’s dealing with excessive losses and low restoration. The PMUs shall be headed by a serving brigadier and may have officers from the Federal Investigation Company (FIA) and the Intelligence Bureau (IB) as a part of their workers.

The PMUs may have the mandate to determine and take motion in opposition to the corrupt parts inside the Discos and the shoppers who’re concerned in stealing electrical energy or not paying their payments.

Nonetheless, the plan is but to be authorized by the upper authorities, however the Energy Division is eager to implement it as a pilot venture within the Hyderabad Electrical Provide Firm (HESCO), which has one of many worst efficiency data among the many Discos.

It’s pertinent to say that Pakistan’s energy sector is dealing with an enormous monetary disaster as a result of excessive losses and low restoration of the Discos.

In line with the info for the fiscal 12 months 2020-21, the restoration of electrical energy payments in HESCO was at 73.7 %, in Sukkur Electrical Energy Firm (SEPCO) at 64.6 %, in Quetta Electrical Provide Firm (QESCO) at 34.66 % and in Tribal Electrical Provide Firm (TESCO) at 25.29 %.

The Energy Division secretary confirmed that the plan was into consideration and stated it will assist scale back the losses and enhance the revenues of the ability sector.

He stated the plan was impressed by the profitable operation of the army-led Process Power on Energy in Karachi, which has introduced down the losses of the Karachi Electrical Provide Firm (KESC) from 40 % to 18 % within the final two years.

The caretaker power minister had introduced a crackdown on electrical energy thieves on September 6, 2023, saying that the system was shedding Rs589 billion yearly because of theft and non-payment of payments.

He had stated that the Discos in Lahore, Faisalabad, Gujranwala, Multan and Islamabad had losses of three %, whereas the Discos in Peshawar, Hyderabad, Sukkur, Quetta and Azad Jammu and Kashmir had losses as excessive as 60 %.

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FBR deploys monitoring groups to sugar mills to curb tax evasion



The Federal Board of Income (FBR) has taken decisive steps to counter tax evasion inside the sugar trade, by deploying monitoring groups to sugar mills throughout the nation, in accordance with a prèss launch issued on Wednesday.

Sugar, recognized as a notified product, is subjected to rigorous monitoring, overlaying manufacturing, gross sales, clearances, shares, and associated actions. The press launch emphasizes the obligatory affixation of tax stamps on each bag of sugar produced or equipped.

Violation of this requirement constitutes a punishable offense underneath Part 33(23) of the Act, with merchandise liable to confiscation. Convicted defaulters may additionally face imprisonment for as much as three years.

The FBR, invoking Part 40-B of the Gross sales Tax Act 1990, has tasked its area formations with monitoring the gross sales of sugar manufacturing in all sugar mills nationwide. Tax officers at these mills will scrutinize inventory clearances by a manually put in system of tax stamps on sugar luggage.

Below the enforcement provision of the gross sales tax regulation, the FBR or chief commissioner has the authority to assign an officer of Inland Income to the premises of a registered particular person or a category of such individuals to watch manufacturing, gross sales of taxable items, and inventory positions.

The initiative goals to make sure compliance with tax laws and improve transparency inside the sugar trade.

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