ISLAMABAD (APP) - Despite all economic challenges and difficulties including energy crisis, Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has collected Rs. 1312.00b of tax revenues in the fiscal year 2009-10. The FBR has collected a provisional revenues of Rs.1312.0 billion and this figure would further increase when State Banks and Army book adjustments and Data Processing Units (DPUs) revenues collection figures are finalized, Asrar Raouf Member Direct Tax Policy and Spokesman for FBR told APP here on Tuesday. Giving the breakdown of the revenues, he said that till July 5 FBR has collected Rs.522.0 billion Direct Taxes, Rs.511.0 billion Sales Tax, Rs.119.0 billion Federal Excise Duty and Rs.161.0 billion has been collected as Customs Duty. The Spokesman expressed the hope that FBR would be able to collect Rs.1325-30 billion tax revenues when the final tax collection is finalized. He attributed the shortfall in the revenues to energy shortage , low GDP growth rate and law and order situation in the country. However, he said that FBR despite the difficulties would be able to collect tax revenues of Rs.1325-30 billion for the last Financial year of 2009-10. He disclosed that an important meeting of Pakistan and Afghanistan is in process to discuss modalities in Afghan Transit Trade (ATT) and International Security Assistance Force (ISAF)/NATO transport issues. He added that senior officials of the Ministry of Defence, Ministry of Commerce and Federal Board of Revenue are participating in the discussions and to sort out issues relating to ATT and transportation issued between Pakistan and Afghanistan. Replying to a question, he said that reformed general sales tax regime would be introduced to remove distortions in tax rates varying from 16 to 27 percent. The reformed GST would be introduced to fix tax rates at 15 percent. He added that estimated revenue target of Rs.1667 .0 billion has been set for the current Financial year 2010-11. He added that Investigation and Intelligence wing of the FBR has unearthed the scandal of 30 to 40 containers registered with the fake name of Lunar Products and were carrying goods for ISAF and NATO forces in Afghanistan.