ISLAMABAD: Despite having assured the apex court about three months ago, the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) appeared ‘dillydally’ to install scanners at all exit/entry points on Pak-Afghan border under Integrated Border Management (IBM).
During hearing of the Karachi violence case, the FBR chairman had assured the Supreme Court of installing scanners at all exit/entry points of Pak-Afghan border.
As per details, the installation of scanners is also inevitable in view of the expected withdrawal of Nato/ISAF troops from Afghanistan in the current year. While a large number of military cargoes have already been started retrograding to its destinations through Pakistan, the FBR could not establish any proper system for safe disposal of Nato/ISAF military cargoes to its destinations. This situation has provided any opportunity to the miscreants to attack these cargoes and steal precious items including military gadgets while fuelling the chances of more such incidents by anti-state elements to steal more Nato/ISAF military cargoes and use these items to carry out terrorism in Pakistan and beyond its borders.
On the other hand, the FBR reaffirmed its commitment to installing scanners on Pak-Afghan borders at the earliest.
It has been learnt that the board has been working effectively to put in place an elaborated system for vigilance at all posts on Pak-Afghan borders.