A detailed letter has been written by a private company to Advisor to Prime Minister (PM) on finance Abdul Hafiz Sheikh and secretary Finance Navid Baloch expressing reservations over handing over of tobacco sector control to the company of his close friend by Chairman FBR Shabbar Zaidi.
The letter has been written by Reliance Corporation Private Limited and Reliance IT Solution Private Limited voicing grave concern over granting electronic monitoring (track and trace) license to favorite company in non transparent manner.
The leading lawyer Suleman Akram Raja has written this letter encompassing several legal and constitutional points pertaining to issuance of license.
Through this letter finance advisor has been stressed to stop chairman FBR from showing haste and violating the respective law otherwise the company will be constrained to resort to the court.
According to contents of letter Abdul Hafiz Sheikh, finance advisor and Navid Baloch finance secretary have been urged to take immediate notice of corruption and breach of rules and regulations in the name of track and trace system in cigarette department at FBR. FBR chairman had convened a conference in Headquarters Office on August 22, 2019 wherein the companies were informed about the track and trace license under IT system. All the stake holders were also taken into confidence about the utility of this project. The representatives of Reliance Company had disclosed drawbacks in the system of issuance of this important legal license besides seeking replies to several questions from the concerned authorities particularly chairman FBR. But no reply has been received so far in respect of these questions despite lapse of two weeks. But the license of track and trace system is likely to be granted to favorite company.
It has been held in the letter that FBR higher authorities are granting track and trace system license under electronic monitoring to a company by defying PEPRA rules which is tantamount to commit robbery on the legal and constitutional rights of other stake holders.
Two glaring mistake in tenders tender documents s have been highlighted. As per these flaws, license agreement is being made with FRB on one side and on the other side an other agreement will be signed between cigarette companies and the company to which license is being granted.
FBR has taken illegal step by signing agreement with the company under FRO 2019/250 than PEPRA rules.
Hafiz Sheikh and finance secretary have been stressed that they should stop the issuance of license till the replies to the questions raised by Reliance company are received so that compliance of proposed laws could be ensured to make this agreement transparent.
Granting license of track and trace system to favorite company by Chairman FBR protested