Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Iran in Pakistan, H.E. Mohammad Ali Hosseini called on Chairman FBR/Secretary Revenue Division Dr Muhammad Ashfaq Ahmed at FBR (HQs), Islamabad.
During the meeting, matters relating to cooperation on taxation and customs between Iran and Pakistan came under discussion.
The Ambassador of Iran suggested to increase the effective working hours at the Mand-Pishin border. He further proposed that the Iranian side was ready to increase border gate timings at Taftan-Mirjawa and expected the same action from Pakistan.
Chairman FBR endorsed the suggestion of the Ambassador and informed that FBR had already taken up the case with the Government of Balochistan to coordinate with Iranian Authorities for increased opening and working hours of border crossing, especially at Taftan-Mirjawa.
The visiting dignitary also highlighted that the movement of Iranian vehicles was restricted to Taftan whereas Pakistan vehicles were allowed inside Iran on TIR.
Chairman FBR clarified that the movement of Iranian vehicles was restricted in the direction of NCOC due to the Covid pandemic. The chairman added that FBR has already taken up the case with NCOC to review the above decision. The Iranian Ambassador also pointed to the lack of facilities for Iranian drivers at Taftan. To this, the Chairman assured that Director General, NLC will be requested to address this issue as soon as possible.
The visiting Excellency appreciated the pivotal role of FBR as Pakistan’s premier revenue collection Agency and commended its outstanding performance both in revenue collection and broadening of the tax base.
The Chairman FBR thanked H.E. Iranian Ambassador for visiting FBR and assured him of his fullest cooperation in strengthening the trade ties between the two countries.