FBR rebuts press report

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Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has categorically rebutted the above captioned news item, FBR reels under a major ‘cyber attack’ published in a news paper on Monday.

The instant news item sought to create a misleading impression that FBR had shut down its website in anticipation of a possible hacking attack.

The scribe of subject news item rather went on to term it ‘national emergency situation.’ Unfortunately, the said story is based on far-fetched imagination and is obviously miles away from facts.

FBR further clarified that it had been publicizing periodically that Iris module launches and upgradation were in progress. National holidays provided appropriate time for IT Wing to upgrade systems, migrate and cleanse data.

Thus, the return filing system was taken off-line at 22:00 hours on 13th August, 2022. However, all revenue generating services were not taken off-line and those remained fully functional. Therefore, Weboc, Pakistan Single Window (PSW) and Point of Sale services remained operational.

It is pertinent to mention that around 9000 new GDs were filed from August 13 to 15 noon time while over 11000 GDs were cleared during the same period, resulting in collection of over 12 Billion of duties and taxes at import stage. —PR

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