Senate Standing Committee on industry and production has shown its displeasure over the devious operations of auto manufacturers in Pakistan. The committee has asked the automakers to submit their tax returns and brief on the quality standards as well as price justification of their vehicles lineup.
The new development came after the Advisor to Prime Minister on automobile policy, Abdul Razzak Dawood briefed the committee. The committee presided by Senator Ahmed Khan shows their dissatisfaction over the government’s lethargic pace and asked Razzak to make sure that officials from three big players, Honda, Toyota, and Suzuki be present in the next meeting.
Senate committee wants details regarding:
- Quality standards maintained by the auto manufacturers in Pakistan compared to what they offer internationally
- The price justification for their vehicles and the reasons for abrupt price hikes
- How can Pakistan export cars manufactured locally?
- The percentage of local made spare parts to imported
- The tax returns filed by the manufacturers
Although the government was criticized over granting favors to Pak Suzuki, the advisor to PM made clear that government has no plans to alter the auto policy 2016-2021.
Recently, while inaugurating JW Forland’s assembly plant, Prime Minister Imran Khan also expressed his interest in boosting the auto industry with the core purpose to bring foreign exchange into the country. However, note here that presently there is no single vehicle which Pakistan can offer to the world. Former governments never realized the significance of technology transfer.
If the government wants to magnify Pakistan’s auto sector, it must facilitate the new entrants and do legislation regarding the transfer of technology, safety, and quality standards.