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Over 600 petrol pumps sealed throughout Pakistan in PM Imran Khan’s battle towards oil smuggling

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  • 609 petrol pumps sealed, 4.5m litres of petrol, diesel seized
  • House owners to lose petrol pumps, properties in the event that they fail to furnish documentation
  • Transfer comes after PM Imran Khan okayed motion towards oil smuggling

Over 600 petrol stations have been sealed and about 4.5 million litres of petrol and diesel seized beneath the federal authorities’s marketing campaign towards oil smugglers throughout Pakistan, the Prime MInister’s Workplace mentioned on Friday.

The steps have been taken on directives issued by Prime Minister Imran Khan, it added. “The campaign against oil smuggling, led by Ministry of Interior, is continuing unabated and showing significantly good results.”

The PMO mentioned if sealed pumps fail to furnish legitimate documentation inside seven days, they are going to be confiscated by the State beneath the Customs Act together with house owners’ properties because it “would be deemed that these properties were acquired with smuggling proceeds”.

Earlier this month, PM Imran Khan authorized a complete motion plan towards 2,094 unlawful petrol shops in three provinces, Punjab, Sindh and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. 

In keeping with Daybreak.com, the operation is being led by the Customs Division on the Federal Board of Income (FBR). Below the crackdown, an FIR could be lodged towards the proprietor and proceedings for the forfeiture of oil station and different properties of the proprietor in favour of the federal authorities will probably be initiated.

The transfer got here days after an inquiry fee on the scarcity of petroleum merchandise confirmed smuggling of Iranian oil and estimated it at about Rs250 billion.

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In keeping with a report in The Information, the federal government should sensitise the involved company to take strict measures on the Pak-Iran border to curb this large evasion of tax income.

It beneficial that every one unlawful shops should instantly be shut down whereas concurrently initiating motion not solely towards their house owners but additionally towards those that allowed them to prosper. In the identical vein, the observe of illegal regularisation of shops in-built violation of guidelines should be put to an finish. Nobody is aware of the precise variety of shops working in Pakistan be it MoEPD, division of explosives or Ogra. 

With the assistance of the district administration, the MoEPD, division of explosives and a consultant of the OMCs, the precise quantity ought to be reconciled. Customary working procedures ought to be developed in order that this information is up to date each month. The precise quantity and OMC-wise location of such shops would thus be identified to all involved.

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