Amnesty Scheme no more: NCP car dealers, owners unhappy after IHC declares scheme illegal

Court asks FBR to track, impound 50,000 vehicles for auction.

Baseer Qalandar June 19, 2013
Official says it's near impossible to go after every man who purchased an NCP vehicle. PHOTO: FILE


Thousands of vehicle owners in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa have expressed shock over the Islamabad High Court’s (IHC) decision declaring the Amnesty Scheme introduced on March 5 as unlawful.

On Wednesday, the IHC declared the previous government’s scheme to legitimize smuggled vehicles illegal and asked the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) to impound 50,000 vehicles and announce bids for their auction.

Under the Amnesty Scheme 2013, non-custom paid (NCP) vehicles would be legalised or registered after a payment of duty and a rigorous verification process.

A customs official told The Express Tribune on condition of anonymity, 17,400 NCP vehicles have been registered across the province, “Impounding and auctioning these is now impossible,” he said.

The purchase and sale of these vehicles brought billions to the national exchequer after their taxes were paid; the court should have taken the decision before, commented the official.

Some vehicles were registered illegally and the FIA has started a crackdown with the help of Federal Tax Ombudsman (FTO); many NCP vehicles which were registered do not even exist, stipulated the customs officer.

“A large number of such vehicles have already entered the market as they were cleared under the scheme,” said car dealer Abdul Majid, who wondered how the orders will be implemented now.

“I don’t know what’s going on. First they (NCP cars) were declared legal and when a large number of people bought and sold them, they have been deemed illegal.”

This will drastically decrease the sale of local and imported vehicles, affecting business badly, argued Majid. He expressed hope that the Supreme Court (SC) will issue a stay order on the decision.

Another car dealer, Haroon Afridi also criticised the order saying he shifted to NCP vehicles following the introduction of the scheme and borrowed large amounts of money to purchase them.

An official of the FBR in Islamabad said they only have 4,000 officials across the country, which makes it near impossible to go after every man who purchased an NCP vehicle. According to the officer, the FBR will approach the SC against the decision.

Published in The Express Tribune, June 20th, 2013.


Najeeb achakzai | 8 years ago | Reply

AOA!! I ask IHC judge,do he live in pakistan?? When this scheme was started where was he?? On 6th of march SCP tooked stay? Where was u sir?? U all the big baloon stomach owners,u people r there on ur chairs to take care of ur family and ur self!! Make illegal SRO,and wrong desicions u corrupt people and implliment the punishments on innocent public!!

saghir | 8 years ago | Reply

I think jujes are not living in this world. they are given residence in arash molla, where they just come in pakistan and without seeing ground realities pass decisions. where this juj was sleeping when in whole pakistan amensty schem was observing and medial was reporting continuosly. i think this decision shows the inablity of our jujes. i am very surprise to see decision where when inquiry form authorities and responsible officials but punishing to the general public.

it looks that hukram are active and jujes awakend after 100 years. i offers to juj sahab that i am the person who is ordinary officer in private comapny, and purchase vehicle because i am resding 200km away from my home with family, just to move comfortable my family i invest my all acomulated amount in the purchase of this vehicle, in this scenario if he think it is just then i submit my vehicle in FBR, otherwise he may revise his decision and in future do the rational decision because u jujes are only hope for the safety of this country and we like u or CJS

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