According to a report, the IMF thinks the FBR would have a considerable revenue shortfall in its desired annual target of collections. The Fund need not be worried unduly as our bureaucracy, particularly of the FBR, has a great knack of manufacturing new outcomes from the time-honoured craft of 're-calculation and re-adjustment of the same figures. In the old record of this senior citizen, there might still be traceable two press clippings of many years back. One, of June 30 of some year, saying the FBR (then called CBR, the Central Board of Revenue) was short of revenue collection by a huge amount (figure not remembered). The next days newspapers (of July 01) told us that the CBR had overshot the target revenueby a huge figure.Just tells you what miracles can be wrought in a night -JAVED, Karachi, March 15.