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Pakistani PM Orders Nationwide Crackdown on Smuggling

ISLAMABAD – The Pakistani government has decided to start a nationwide crackdown against the trade and use of smuggled items in the country, Pakistan Today reported on Tuesday.
The decision was taken in a meeting chaired by Prime Minister Imran Khan that was convened to prevent smuggling.
Imran Khan said that menace of smuggling caused heavy loss to the country’s economy, adding that “effective control on smuggling vital for boosting local industry in the country.”
The Pakistani Prime minister said that development of agriculture and other sectors necessary to steer out the country from the swamp of loan.
He said that former rulers had been sheltering money laundering and added that the current government had taken adequate measure to restore industry and the country’s economy.
The meeting decided to constitute a committee headed by the interior minister to curb smuggling on Pak-Iran border and systematize Pak-Afghan transit trade.
The committee comprised officials of commerce division, FBR, finance division and representatives of the provinces. The committee was given a task to review the prevailing laws and present its suggestions within a month.
Pakistani Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Qamar Javed Bajwa, DG ISI, FBR chairman, Adviser to Prime Minister on Finance Abdul Hafeez Shaikh and other high officials were present in the meeting.
(Sahar News Monitoring Desk)

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