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FBR seizes Rs96m worth of counterfeit cigarettes

Finance Minister orders active pursuit of pending legal cases
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April 23, 2024 (MLN): The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has conducted a countrywide crackdown on counterfeit and non-stamped cigarettes and seized 1,235 Packerites of cigarettes having an approximate value of Rs96 million.

This operation was conducted upon the directions of Chairman FBR, Malik Amjed Zubair Tiwana and under the direct supervision of the Member Inland Revenue (Operations) Mir Badshah Khan Wazir, IR Field Formations of FBR.

A total number of 4,652 retail outlets all over the country have been visited out of which 33 have been sealed for illicit tobacco trade.

It is pertinent to mention that a total of 204 teams comprising 1047 number of total human resource has taken part in an enforcement drive to curb the movement of illicit cigarettes.

The Chairman FBR, Malik Amjed Zubair Tiwana and Member Inland Revenue (Operations) Mir Badshah Khan Wazir, lauded the efforts of IR field formations taking part in the said exercise.

They acknowledged that despite minimal human resource and logistics, Inland Revenue Enforcement Network is persistently making endeavours to eradicate the menace of illicit tobacco trade.

It has further been resolved that all the culprits involved in the illicit tobacco trade and evading the Government’s revenue shall be dealt with iron hand and will be liable to penal proceedings under the relevant rules. In the next phase, the repeat offenders are likely to be arrested.

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Posted on: 2024-04-23T13:02:13+05:00