In pursuance of news appearing in a number of dailies on 15.7.2016 pertaining to issuance of diplomatic bonded warehouse license to two Muslim individuals who deal in liquor, the Honorable Minister for Finance directed the FBR to investigate the matter and take appropriate action.
2. Following the instructions, the Collectorate of Customs, Islamabad investigated the matter which revealed that in 1990, two persons namely Malik Iqbal and Gulfam Masih sought permission for license of diplomatic bonded warehouse alongwith permission to deal in liquor. The above referred Board’s permission was not availed by the applicants till 2005. In 2005, the license was granted to two non-Muslims namely Mr. Gulfam Masih (Christian) and Malik Iqbal (Ahmadi) with the permission to deal in liquor. However, the above named two non-Muslims converted the said Sun Diplomatic Bonded Warehouse License into a Private Ltd. company by adding two more persons namely Mr. Tahir Mahmood Tareen and Mr. Ishtiaq Ahmad as directors of the company. The above named two persons had submitted false Affidavit to the Customs authorities declaring themselves as non-Muslims.
3. In pursuance of the Honorable Minister for Finance’s directive, personal data of the two directors of M/s Sun Diplomatic Private Ltd. namely Tahir Mahmood Tareen and Ishtiaq Ahmad was verified from NADRA confirming the above named persons to be Muslims by religion. As a result of false Affidavit submitted to the Customs authorities, administrative as well as criminal proceedings have been initiated against the above named directors of the company. An FIR has been lodged against the directors and show cause notice has been issued for revocation of the license by Model Customs Collectorate, Islamabad.