Who is the client of XDS? XDS an Unauthorized US based manufacturer of Armored Personnel Carriers (APCs) and bulletproof Jackets in Pakistan?

xds logoWe should thank the Karachi based young and genius investigative journalist Shaukat Ali for breaking the story of unauthorized APCs and bulletproof jackets manufacturing company in Karachi. On 19th august 2009 Mr. Shaukat reported the story and told that the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of XDS, Khurram Hamirani fled to Dubai while the Chief Operating Officer (COO) Saba managed to escape to Islamabad, however the law enforcing agencies sealed the office record which could be useful during investigation.

The very next day, on Thursday, August 20, 2009 the veteran Ansar Abbasi gave a follow-up but most comprehensive story. FIR has been lodged against the private company which produced unauthorized Armored Personnel Carriers (APCs) with banned imported items like ballistic steels and glasses and sold them to some of the security agencies.

“Moreover, the company has also been allegedly involved in the import of bullet-proof jackets but declared them to the customs department as floor mats.” Ansar Abbasi reports and informs “The interior ministry denied to have given any NoC to the company — M/s XDS (Xtreme Defence System) Pakistan (Pvt) Limited — to manufacture APCs, the commerce ministry had never allowed it to import the banned materials, the defence production ministry also never permitted the company to manufacture APCs but still it produced at least 14 APCs and sold them to FC Balochistan and others” This confirms that whatever the company has been doing was unlawful and any type of dealing with that unauthorized and unlawful company also becomes illegal.

 Some interesting points about this unauthorized company mentioned in the story of Ansar Abbasi.

  •  The company has sold these APCs to the FC Balochistan through a general order contractor, who on his own approached XDS for the manufacture of the APCs.
  •  Sources in the customs insist manufacturing of the APCs and armoring of vehicles was being even done by the XDS before September 20
  •  It had been involved in retrofitting of some official vehicles, including that of the Prime Minister’s secretariat but it was done on behalf of some government agency.
  •  The company has been working in association with the Heavy Industries Taxila.
  •  Sources in the customs claim the XDS had manufactured eight APCs and retrofitted the same number of cars before September 20, 2008.
  •  Meanwhile, the customs intelligence lodged a formal FIR against the company and its chief executive officer early this month; however, sources said the full scale of duty evasion in Karachi has not been revealed in the said FIR.
  •  The same company has been involved in similar illegal and mis-declared undervalued goods at the Rawalpindi Air Freight Unit.
  •  According to the FIR, “M/s XDS Pakistan (Pvt) Ltd., (NTN No: 3012318-6) and M/s Xtreme Defence System (Pvt) Ltd. (NTN No: 2675326), situated at XDS House, D-39, Block-5, Clifton, Karachi, have imported multiple consignments of Ballistic Steel, Ballistic Glass, Ballistic Steel Kits and various other restricted/banned items falling under PCT (Pakistan customs tariff) heading 8710.0000 by mis-declaring their description, quantity, value and PCTs, besides violating the ITC rules, and have cleared the same by declaring the description as “Mild Steel Plates (Premium), Hot Rolled Steel Plates, Steel Plates, Wind Shield Glass, Car Glass, Car Mats”, etc., and number of consignments of “Safety and Security Film” mis-declared as “Polyester Film” from the Karachi Air Freight Unit and have; thus, caused huge loss to the national exchequer in terms of millions of rupees.
  •  The mis-declared consignments were cleared with the active connivance and abetment of the others, including the clearing agents.
  •  A meager amount of the customs duties and other taxes have been paid on these imported goods, whereas, huge amount of freight was paid for such banned items, which clearly depict that the mis-declared goods which were airlifted were actually high-valued items and were specifically used to manufacture “Armoured Personnel Carriers” (APCs), and for retrofitting “Bullet Proof Vehicles”.
  •  The preliminary investigation so far conducted has revealed that M/s XDS Pakistan (Pvt) Ltd., and M/s Xtreme Defence Pakistan (Pvt) Ltd., have supplied 14 APCs, 23 armoured vehicles to their clients all over Pakistan.

 In the light of above facts these questions arises;

  1.  How did an unauthorized company sell APCs to FC Balochistan?
  2.  Under which Law the government especially the prime minister secretariat got the official vehicles retrofitted by an unauthorized company?
  3.  Its association with the Heavy Industries Taxila is another big question mark.
  4.  Will the prime minister who dismissed a corrupt Chairman of Pakistan Steel Mills, take actions against the elements within Prime Minister Secretariat?
  5.  What criteria and procedure is for dealing with outsourced agencies and firms is? If any procedure is followed then did why the prime minister secretariats hire an unauthorized company for retrofitting official vehicles?
  6. How did the XDS become the exhibitor in official Idea Pakistan 2008 (Please see the list)?
  7. The preliminary investigation so far conducted has revealed that M/s XDS Pakistan (Pvt) Ltd., and M/s Xtreme Defence Pakistan (Pvt) Ltd., have supplied 14 APCs, 23 armoured vehicles to their clients all over Pakistan. Who are the clients? Are these clients security agencies and governments or the products is also sold to “individuals” and “group”?
  8. Its function and delivery of its products put a big question mark on the role of Pakistan’s intelligence agencies and consignments clearing system.
  9. What is the connection of MQM’s minister for shipping, Babar Khan Ghauri? If investigated from this point of view the story will certainly provide a clue about the possible clients of XDS.
  10. Xtreme Defense Systems (XDS) is a US based company that specializes in safety and security technology. Its products are in usage in Government offices, critical facilities and Army bases; guarding these against threat of terrorism, intrusion, burglary and natural disasters. It “ABOUT US” tells us much about the company’s intentions. Especially the selling of bulletproof jackets raises the eyebrow of every sensible Pakistani being aware of US activities in Pakistan in general and its arms support to the separatist elements in Balochistan. 
  1. #1 by Ravaid Salam on August 21, 2009 - 5:15 pm

    The CJ should take action as these politicians and our agency will use this news for filling their own pockets. I am afraid the culprit will run away with the help of politicians and army

  2. #2 by zaffar khan on August 21, 2009 - 7:21 pm

    i do hope someone follows up this story with a strong and consistant investigative insight into the questions raised. there should be support pouring in from every corner of our society for these answers! are our politicians game enough to provide answers or will they leave it to others.

  3. #3 by M.SIRAJUL ISLAM on August 22, 2009 - 4:30 am

    The story “Who is the client of XDS, Unauthorized US based manufacturer of APCs and bulletproof Jackets in Pakistan?” is no doubt a good story, but it does not mean that all of the activitivities goingon was not in the knowledge of Army Intelligence. Our ISI and similar agencies. Some times they do allow to some organisations to work on their behalf, as in the eyes of International monitors they want to hide themselves.
    They use such type of organisation for their own purpose and this is all not wrong. What ever we have obtained on the stretagic fields are not our indeginiously developed, we owe to these organisation who behind the scene worked for Pakistan and its strategic requirements.
    We should take care in maligning all of them and put interest of PAKISTAN in front. Rather coming with a stunning and hot story in the lime light, without going into the percussions of these at the later stage.

  4. #4 by Ravaid Salam on August 22, 2009 - 4:51 am

    No matter all this happening was in ISI knowledge, the fact remains that the culprit should be drag to the court and not be left with investigation agencies which has never let expose the real culprit. The Sue Motto notice by Supreme Court is the best option.

  5. #5 by Amir on August 22, 2009 - 8:07 am

    Shoukat Ali won.

  6. #6 by Khalid Mustafa on August 22, 2009 - 8:12 am

    it’s not the issue who won or who lost. The fact as we need comprehensive follow-up on the same. we hope Shaukat , ansar abbasi or any one should come forward with more aspect so that the issue may not be neglected.

  7. #7 by Imran on October 2, 2009 - 7:54 am

    Dear Mr shukat Ali
    My name is imran i want to meet with u if possiba;e plz cntct through my email. thnaks

  8. #8 by Nadeem Shah on December 6, 2009 - 2:52 am

    Thanks to BS reporters who have no education in Journalism and just write stories for sensationalism are the countrys biggest enemies. Many Pakistanis settled overseas would like to come back to Pakistan and invest their hard earned income in ventures such as manufacturing APC and bullet proof armor, but because our people are so used to accusing others for every imagined sin that no one wants to invest in Pakistan.

    So what if a company manufactures APC in Pakistan, thats better than buying foreign made APC, after all it creates jobs in Pakistan, it employs youth when wlding body parts, it creates jobs when sheet metal is bought, when tires are bought, when mechanics are hired, etc etc, so what if a company is making APC, its not as if they are making Herion as it is done by many many Afghans living in Pakistan, I dont see any journalist brave enough to reveal one drug dealers name…why? Because the drug dealers would kill the family members of the journalists, so poor untrained and uneducated journalists start creating stories as in this story, shame on our journalists, please do a real story and dont discourage Pakistanis from bringing manufacturing to Pakistan.

  9. #9 by Kamran Junejo on April 26, 2010 - 7:33 am

    journalist shame on you this company is helping pakistan, saving life, saving duties. shame on you and AKKKK THUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU

  10. #10 by Ronit Walia on December 17, 2010 - 2:46 pm

    There are a few facts that each one of us need to know.
    For one, XDS does not manufacture anything in the US of America. They have an address which any company can acquire.
    Next, XDS does not declare it’s true location address to any person (not even in their website!!), because they fear that their activities will be immediately uncovered, and they fear people will hound them should anything go wrong.
    Finally, XDS has shut their operations across Singapore, Vietnam etc. It is just an empty brand. Most surprisingly, the customers that XDS claims to have serviced in US, for their Glass Protection System, the same list of customers appear in their competitors website also !! Their product claims 400% strength to existing glass. Why has it not been patented as yet? And how have their claims been substantiated? So my friends, please beware of such fraud companies. They do only harm, and benefit no one. They will simply sell some product and disappear. Leaving scars all around ..

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