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Amid order to crack down on corrupts in FBR, PM promotes corrupt officer

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan, who recently called for a crackdown on corruption in Federal Board of Revenue (FBR), has promoted to the second highest pay scale in the civil service a corrupt bureaucrat.

Corruption charges against the officer in question have been proved in a department inquiry.

According to a report in the Express Tribune newspaper, an official in Federal Board of Revenue, Sharif Awan, was promoted to Grade 21 by the Prime Minister on the recommendation of Centre Selection Board.

Sharif Awan is among the 150 officer facing inquiries on charges of corruption and inefficiency since 2015. But all these officers are serving in FBR despite facing charges of corruption and inefficiency.

The promotion of the tainted officer came days before Prime Minister Imran Khan ordered the Federal Board of Revenue Chairman Jehanzeb Khan to launch a crackdown on corrupt officers, who were still serving in the FBR.

The FBR had initiated proceedings against Awan in January 2015, according to the FBR documents submitted to the Senate Standing Committee on Finance about one and a half year ago. There were charges of inefficiency, misconduct and corruption against Awan which, according to the FBR’s own statement before the Senate panel, were proved.

These documents stated that Awan misstated and concealed various moveable and immovable assets and expenses in the declaration of assets for the tax year 2014. According to the documents, the “officer grossly understated the cost of acquisition of a house in DHA Phase 6 Karachi in the revised declaration of assets for the year 2014.”

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