ISLAMABAD - The National Assemblys Standing Committee on Commerce was informed on Thursday that more than 3000 trucks of NATO/ISAF have not reached in Chaman and Iman Garh boarders and it is expected that these figures might go beyond 6,000 trucks. Engineer Khurram Dastgir Khan, Chairman, National Assemblys Standing Committee on Commerce chaired the meeting, which discussed the current status of APTTA and deliberation on ways and means to stop smuggling as a result of transit trade. The Committee enquired what action FBR has taken against their officials who are involved in smuggling during Pakistan-Afghanistan Trade. The FBR officials informed the Committee that about 100 persons names have been included in Exist Control List (ECL) and FIRs have also been lodged against many senior officers of the FBR. Meanwhile, enquiries are going ahead, as eight grade-22 officers have been issued show cause notices apart from investigating many officers of grade-21. The Committee was further informed that four interims have been submitted; however many of them are still incomplete due to confirmation of data from Afghanistan. The amounts of Rs 7 billion is involved in which investigation against NLC, FBR, importers and clearing agents is continued and they are already serve notices in this regard. The Committee was assured that FBR would take disciplinary action, criminal action and would recover the goods. The Committee members showed serious reservation over the smuggling items, as according to them countrys textile sector is suffering badly due to the illegal trade. They were of the view that markets of big cities are full of smuggling items and FBR should take steps to control it. Earlier Commerce Secretary, Zafar Mahmood, briefed the committee that Afghan Pakistan Transit Trade Agreement (APTTA) was dysfunctional over the issue of bank guarantee issue, as Islamabad does not accept Kabuls proposal of accepting Afghans bank guarantee in Pakistan as we did not have any bank branch in the country, he maintained. He briefed the committee that APTTA would be implemented from June 12 this year. Afghan-Pakistan Transit Trade Coordination Authority (APTCA) would meet in Kabul on June 1 to finalise administrative matters related to PATTA, he added. He informed the Committee that FBR has some reservations over the APPTA and we could not start trade until FBR reservations could not address. The Committee noted that Pakistan Transit Trade Rules 2011 have been finalised by FBR. The rules being held back due to Afghan reservations regarding definition of customs security for goods and bank guarantees for vehicles, however the Secretary Commerce informed that these two issues would be discussed in the next meeting of APTTA. The Committee was also informed that three members team is going to Afghanistan to resolve the issues, which should be carefully handled. However the Committee members stressed that it be ensured that Pakistan should not suffer a loss. The Committee members also enquired how insurance companies would monitor, as there is apprehension of corruption. However, the FBR clarified that interest of Pakistan would be ensured. There are 13 routs of Central Asian States where Pakistan would be having the access after the said agreement, the committee was further briefed. The Committee expressed concern that automation system of FBR itself is not yet independent, effective, presently handled by the third party than, how come Pakistan, might be able to have an effective automation system with Afghanistan under the said agreement. Yasmeen Rehman, Numan Islam Sheikh, Tahira Aurangzeb, Haji Akram Ansari, Shireen Arshad Khan, Hamid Yar Hiraj, Iqbal Muhammad Khan, Jamila Gilani and Ch Asghar Ali Jatt attended the meeting.