FBR sacks director customs audit on NAB conviction

FBR sacks director customs audit on NAB conviction

The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has demonstrated its commitment to maintaining integrity and accountability within its ranks by dismissing a director of the Directorate of Internal Audit – South (Customs), Karachi.

The decision comes in the wake of the director’s conviction in two separate judgments by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB).

In an official notification released on Friday, the FBR announced the termination of Syed Naeem Akhtar (PCS/BS-19), who served as the Director (OPS) in the Directorate of Internal Audit – South (Customs), Karachi. The accountability court No. II in Karachi delivered judgments on March 12, 2021, in reference No. 11/2015 and reference No. 12/2015, both filed by NAB, Karachi, leading to the conviction of Syed Naeem Akhtar.

Under the authority vested in the Secretary, Revenue Division/Chairman, FBR, as per the Civil Servants (E&D) Rules, 2020, a major penalty of ‘dismissal from service’ has been imposed on Syed Naeem Akhtar from the date of conviction, i.e., March 12, 2021.

The FBR’s decisive action reflects its commitment to upholding the principles of accountability and maintaining a workforce that operates with the highest standards of ethical conduct. The dismissal serves as a stern reminder that individuals entrusted with public service responsibilities are expected to adhere to the highest standards of integrity and transparency.

In accordance with the Civil Servants (Appeal) Rules, 1977, Syed Naeem Akhtar retains the right to appeal to the appellate authority. The FBR’s adherence to due process underlines its commitment to ensuring fair proceedings even in disciplinary matters.

The move also sends a strong message to the FBR’s employees and the broader public about the board’s commitment to rooting out corruption and holding individuals accountable for any misconduct. By enforcing such penalties, the FBR aims to foster an environment of trust and credibility in its operations.

This development reinforces the importance of ethical conduct and accountability within government institutions, particularly those tasked with revenue collection and financial oversight. The FBR’s actions stand as a testament to its dedication to maintaining the highest standards of governance and ethics, contributing to a more transparent and responsible public service.