PM Shehbaz orders strict action against tax evaders


ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister (PM) Shehbaz Sharif Prime on Monday directed concerned departments to take measures against tax defaulters and evaders on an emergency basis, ARY News reported.

Presiding over a meeting regarding the track and trace system, Shehbaz Sharif also directed the formation of an inquiry committee to determine who was at fault.

The prime minister said that obstacles in the way of the track and trace system should be identified within seven days.

PM Shehbaz tasked the committee to come up with recommendations for the automatic system of taxation in factories.

The prime minister voiced his displeasure and questioned why the track and trace system wasn’t working properly. He directed the concerned officials to avail services of world-renowned organizations for the track and trace system.

He also sought a comprehensive plan of digital strategy and track and trace system. PM Shehbaz Sharif directed that the factories that refuse to follow the track and trace system should be sealed.

He said that the system is aimed at preventing counterfeiting and substandard products. “The sale of fake and unregistered cigarettes should be curbed and such cigarettes must destroyed,” Prime Minister’s directive

The prime minister said that Pakistan is suffering from economic problems and mafias are damaging the national exchequer.

Read More: PM Shehbaz stresses fully utlilisation of Balochistan s minerals

Earlier on March 24, Shehbaz Sharif stressed the importance of proper planning for the communication infrastructure, particularly the railway line to fully utilise the minerals and other resources in Balochistan

Presiding over a meeting in Lahore on the mines and minerals of Balochistan with particular reference to the Reqo Dik Project, PM Shehbaz ordered to upgrade the road network at the earliest to connect the Reqo Dik project with Gwadar by road.

Among others, a delegation of Barrick Gold Company led by its Chief Executive Officer Mark Bristow attended the meeting.

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