FIA assures online hearing facility for businessmen

Staff Reporter

The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has assured the businessmen that it will look into the possibility of providing an online facility to them for clarifying their position instead of travelling to FIA circles in far-flung areas.

Responding to the Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s (KCCI) suggestion, FIA director general Dr Sanaullah Abbasi said: “This online hearing mechanism could be set up for handling cases/notices being received from faraway circles all over Pakistan to minimise the hardships being faced by the business community.

Speaking at an online meeting, Abbasi said that it was the motive of the FIA to fully serve and facilitate the business community and provide them maximum possible solutions to their problems, besides paying special attention to the business community’s suggestions, as they, being the backbone of the country, generate economic activities.

He also nominated FIA South director Amir Farooqi as the focal person for dealing with the complaints being raised by the Karachi Chamber, which would further improve the coordination between the two institutions.

Referring to the suggestions given by Businessmen Group (BMG) general secretary A Q Khalil, Abbasi assured that after consultation with the FIA team, these suggestions will certainly be incorporated in the policy with a view to improve visa on arrival facility at the airports.

Briefing the meeting participants about numerous initiatives taken for promptly dealing with the digital banking and cybercrime cases, he said, it had always been his priority to ensure business-friendly approach, while dealing with all such cases for the continuation of the economic activities.

“The cybercrime has been rising, as we are receiving a lot of complaints. Hence, we are making all-out efforts and will try our best to resolve such complaints at the earliest,” he added.

Khalil underscored the need to simplify the visa on arrival facility at the airports, as the foreigners, particularly businessmen, face immense hardships in availing this facility, mainly due to bad attitude of the FIA officials deployed at the airports.

“Under the existing policy, a deputy director of FIA is wholly and solely responsible for either issuing or rejecting visas to any foreign investor without consulting with any chamber of commerce or relevant local businessmen.

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