1665 cartons of non-duty paid cigarettes seized by Directorate of I & I, IR

Raza Kazmi

ISLAMABAD: The Directorate General of Intelligence and Investigation-Inland Revenue has expedited actions against counterfeit, illegal and non-duty paid cigarettes in line with the vision of the Prime Minister and under strict directions of Chairman FBR.
The performance of Directorate General of Intelligence and Investigation-Inland Revenue has been exemplary in the month of March, 2021. During the current ongoing month, Directorate of Intelligence and Investigation-Inland Revenue, Islamabad’s team has confiscated 900 cartons of illegal cigarettes in two raids conducted on GT road on the basis of intelligence tip. In an operation, 48 cartons of illegal cigarettes were confiscated through a raid on godown in Karachi.
Similarly, 406 cartons of illegal cigarettes in two separate raids on different godowns and trucks carrying illicit/counterfeit/non-duty paid cigarettes were confiscated in Multan. The Directorate’s Peshawar team confiscated 25 cartons of illegal cigarettes and the Faisalabad’s team confiscated 286 cartons of illegal non-duty paid cigarettes in two separate raids. In total, 1665 cartons of illegal cigarettes containing 16,650,000 cigarette sticks have been seized so far in the current month.
Meanwhile, as a sequel to E-Kutcheries held on monthly basis to comply with the directions of the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Chairman Federal Board of Revenue (FBR)/Secretary Revenue Division, Muhammad Javed Ghani held an E-Kutchery at FBR HQ on Friday to listen to the complaints and issues of taxpayers. The complainants interacted directly with the Chairman FBR.
Chairman FBR listened to the complaints of the taxpayers and issued on spot directions for resolution of complaints. Chairman FBR appreciated the suggestions put forth by the taxpayers and assured them that their comments and suggestions would be looked into. Chairman assured that FBR was taking all possible steps to facilitate the taxpayers. He also requested the taxpayers to visit their nearest RTO and Collectorate for redressal of any problem confronted by them.
Chairman FBR has already strictly instructed all the field offices to resolve all outstanding issues of taxpayers.

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