ISLAMABAD - Finally, the government has decided to impose a ban on the export of Petroleum, Oil and Lubricant (POL) products to Afghanistan as well as to American Defence Energy Supply Company, as it has been causing losses worth billions of rupees to the national kitty. Official sources seeking anonymity told The Nation that the government has decided banning export of POL products to Afghanistan after considering the soaring losses to national exchequer due to dumping of POL products and the waste of billions of rupees subsidy. They said the losses were being caused because the POL items being exported to the neighbouring Afghanistan enjoyed exemption from various taxes, including general sales tax (GST) and petroleum levy (PL), for last nine years. The exchequer was facing loss of Rs25 per litre on export of POL products to war-torn Afghanistan. The quarters concerned, particularly the companies engaged in export of POL products to Afghanistan, had been informed in this regard by the petroleum ministry. It was also learnt that one lakh litre of petrol, one and half lakh litre of high-speed diesel (HSD) and eight and half lakh litre of jet fuel was being exported to Afghanistan from Pakistan annually. Further, in the name of export to Afghanistan, petrol and diesel were being sold in the country on high rates. Sources further disclosed that six oil marketing companies (OMCs) including Pakistan State Oil (PSO), Attock Petroleum, Bico, Hascol, Chevron, Total Parco remain engaged in export of POL products. It is worth mentioning here that American Defence Energy Supply Company is affiliated with the Defence Logistic Agency (DLA) Energy, which has been offering a large array of energy-related products and services to the US government.