Prime Minister Imran Khan taking the notice has ordered the crackdown against the illegal sale of cigarette across the country. PM Imran directed the health minister and Federal Board of Revenue (FBR)to conducts raids against the sale of illegal cigarette.
PM has also directed the health ministry and Federal Board of Revenue to submit a monthly report to his office over their performance in this connection.
“The Ministry of National Health Services and the FBR are requested to take further necessary action in the matter accordingly. A monthly progress report should also be submitted to this office for the prime minister’s information,” the PM said in the letter.
Tobacco use is one of the major causes of serious illness and death in Pakistan. The unrestricted sale of illicit cigarettes is impeding various measures taken by the government to effectively address the public health issue. Besides, the sale of illicit cigarettes is also causing considerable loss to the national exchequer on account of tax evasion.
According to reports, around 87 million illicit cigarettes are consumed every day in Pakistan due to their lower prices and are said to cause an annual loss of Rs35-40 billion to the national exchequer.
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17 November, 2019