ISLAMABAD:- The Federal Government led by Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has removed Dr Ashfaq Ahmed as Chairman Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) and appointed Asim Ahmed as new chairman of tax collection authority.

The Establishment Division has issued notification in this regard on Wednesday. Dr Ashfaque was appointed as FBR chairman in August 2021 replacing Asim Ahmad.

Asim Ahmad is a Grade 21 officer employed at the FBR’s Inland Revenue Service (IRS). He had previously served as the Chairman of the FBR from 9 April to 24 August 2021 until he was replaced by Dr. Ashfaq Ahmed. He had served as chairman FBR for a few months but was replaced after a data-hacking incident occurred in the FBR. He is number three on the seniority list of IRS officers.

The summary had been moved to Cabinet meeting for appointment the FBR chairman for 120 days. Other names in the summary include Nadeem Rizvi and Tariq Huda.

 but his name got circulated in a scandal of vehicles, so his name was probably dropped from the list of names going to be considered for the prized post.

“With the approval of the federal government, Dr Muhammad Ashfaq Ahmed, a BS-21 officer of Inland Revenue Service (IRS), is transferred and reverted to Federal Board of Revenue, with immediate effect,” another notification issued by the Establishment Division read.

“The office also stands relieved of the additional charge of the post of secretary Revenue Division.”

Former FBR chairman Ashfaq Ahmed Khan was in the 17th position on the seniority list of IRS officers and during his tenure, he appointed junior officers at key slots. 

there will be a challenge for the new FBR chairman for materialising an ambitious tax collection target of Rs6.1 trillion for the current fiscal year.

The FBR’s collection remained good in the first nine months when the imports were rising but now with the compression of imports, the FBR will have to work hard for achieving its desired tax collection target envisaged for the current fiscal year 

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