Federal Board of Revenue team raided the National Testing Services (NTS) headquarters in relation to the recent alleged test-paper leak on Monday.
The FBR team briefly detained chief operating officer (COO) along with three staff members and also confiscated organization’s records and computers.
This raid took place two days after National Accountability Bureau (NAB) started an inquiry into leaked NTS question papers.
Dr. Sherzada Khan, the chief executive officer (CEO) of NTS, issued a press release stating that NAB had not conducted a raid. Mr. Khan said that the documents which were confiscated were related to tax and he said that NTS has paid Rs. 200 million as taxes in 2016.
Finance Minister Ishaq Dar had told Senate that four of the five testing services in the country – the NTS, the Balochistan Testing Service, the Pakistan Testing Service and the Sindh Testing Service – had not paid taxes for the last three years, while the Universal Testing Services had paid Rs. 873 only in the year 2015.
The raid comes after an announcement by NAB on Friday pertaining to the launch of an inquiry into embezzlement and leaking of medical colleges entry test question paper in Sindh.
NTS CEO Dr. Sherzada Khan said in a statement on Friday that his organization had a secure and foolproof examination system where leaking of papers was impossible.
However, he welcomed the decision of the NAB chairman to conduct an inquiry into the alleged leaking of papers in the NTS.
Audit report published by Auditor General of Pakistan (AGP) in 2015 – 2016 stated that NTS’s financial details had several loopholes.
The NTS’s administration has already rejected the audit conducted by the Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan which found glaring financial irregularities in NTS.
Since the inception of NTS, the body has kept its financial details confidential and the financial details were finally given to the board of directors after 2012.