FBR Announces Major Reshuffle of 51 Senior Customs Officers

FBR Announces Major Reshuffle of 51 Senior Customs Officers

Karachi, July 4, 2024 – In a significant administrative move, the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) of Pakistan has announced a comprehensive reshuffle affecting 51 senior officers within the Pakistan Customs Service (PCS).

The reshuffle spans officers ranging from BS-19 to BS-20 and is aimed at optimizing operational efficiency and enhancing accountability within the customs sector.

The reshuffle, effective immediately, was communicated through a notification issued by the FBR headquarters in Islamabad earlier today. The move underscores the government’s commitment to streamlining operations and ensuring effective service delivery across key customs offices nationwide.

According to the notification, several high-profile transfers have taken place, impacting critical roles within the PCS. Notable changes include:

1. Fayyaz Anwar (Pakistan Customs Service/BS-20) Director General (OPS) has been transferred and posted as Directorate General of Law & Prosecution, Islamabad (Stationed at Lahore) from the post of Member (Legal & Accounting-Customs), (OPS) Federal Board of Revenue (Hq), Islamabad.

2. Saeed Akram (Pakistan Customs Service/BS-20) has been transferred and posted as Member (OPS) (Legal & Accounting-Customs), Federal Board of Revenue (HQ), Islamabad from the post of Chief Collector of Customs (OPS), Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Custom House, Peshawar.

3. Irfan Javed (Pakistan Customs Service/BS-20) has been transferred and posted as Collector, Collectorate of Customs (Exports), Custom House, Karachi from the post of Collector, Collectorate of Customs, Gwadar.

4. Rashid Habib Khan (Pakistan Customs Service/BS-20) has been transferred and posted as Collector, Collectorate of Customs (Adjudication-I), Karachi from the post of Collector, Collectorate of Customs Appraisement, Port Muhammad Bin Qasim, Karachi.

5 Dr. Tahir Qureshi (Pakistan Customs Service/BS-20) is presently posted at Collector, Collectorate of Customs Enforcement, Quetta with look after charge of the post of Director, Directorate of DNFBPs, Quetta and Director, Directorate of NNDA, Quetta. The officer is assigned the look after charge of the post of Collector, Collectorate of Customs (Enforcement), Khuzdar in addition to his own duties till posting of a regular incumbent.

6. Muhammad Jamil Nasir Khan (Pakistan Customs Service/BS-20) has been transferred and posted as Chief Collector of Customs (OPS), Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, from the post of Custom House, Peshawar Chief, Federal Board of Revenue (Hq), Islamabad.

7. Shafique Ahmad Latki (Pakistan Customs Service/BS-20) has been transferred and posted as Director, Directorate of CPEC, Karachi from the post of Collector, Collectorate of Customs, Jinnah International Airport (JIAP), Karachi.

8. Dr. Muhammad Nadeem Memon (Pakistan Customs Service/BS-20) has been transferred and posted as Director, Directorate of Customs Risk Management, Karachi from the post of Chief, Federal Board of Revenue (Hq), Islamabad.

9. Amjad-ur-Rahman (Pakistan Customs Service/BS-20) has been transferred and posted as Director, Directorate of Transit Trade, Peshawar from the post of Collector, Collectorate of Customs Appraisement, Peshawar.

10. Asif Abbas (Pakistan Customs Service/BS-20) has been transferred and posted as Chief (Legal & Accounting-Customs Wing), Federal Board of Revenue (HQ), Islamabad from the post of Director, Directorate of Intelligence & Investigation,FBR, Multan.

The notification also specifies that officers currently receiving performance allowances will continue to do so at their new places of posting. Moreover, the reshuffled officers are required to promptly submit charge relinquishment and assumption reports to the FBR for record and necessary follow-up actions.

This reshuffle is anticipated to inject fresh perspectives and enhance operational effectiveness within the PCS, particularly in critical areas such as enforcement, adjudication, and intelligence. It reflects the government’s ongoing commitment to transparency, meritocracy, and administrative reform within its revenue collection agencies.

The FBR has assured stakeholders that these changes are part of a broader strategy to strengthen institutional capabilities, combat smuggling and revenue leakage, and improve the overall business environment through efficient customs clearance processes.

The announcement has generated a mixed response from various quarters, with industry stakeholders expressing cautious optimism about potential improvements in service delivery and enforcement efficiency. Observers have also noted that such reshuffles are crucial for preventing complacency and ensuring continuous improvement in customs administration.

The newly appointed officers are expected to assume their responsibilities swiftly, contributing to the FBR’s objectives of revenue maximization and facilitation of legitimate trade flows across Pakistan’s borders.