Our Correspondent/Monitoring Desk
ISLAMABAD: The Federal Board of Revenue has reportedly proposed amnesty scheme for stolen, smuggled and non-custom paid vehicles roaming in the Gilgit-Baltistan region.
According to media sources, the area-specific package will only be applicable for vehicles used within the territorial jurisdiction of Gilgit–Baltistan and not in the rest of the country.
It is pertinent to to note that the GB government has already issued NCP numbers to around 800 vehicles in the Gilgit-Baltistan region. Under the proposed scheme, the FBR will charge applicable duties and taxes on the said vehicles without imposition of redemption fine. The vehicles would be declared as legalized and would be allowed to move throughout the country. Once these 800 vehicles are legalized, Gilgit-Baltistan administration would have to take preventive measures for confiscation of smuggled vehicles in future.
It is believed that bureaucrats, politicians, government departments, journalists and businessmen, all, are likely to benefit from the legalization of the NCO vehicles in Gilgit-Baltistan. Several government departments have also purchased cheaply available NCP vehicles and ply with with impunity after putting on green number plates, a police official who did not want to named told this scribe.