LAHORE – Punjab Excise and Taxation Department on Tuesday sealed 54 shops and offices allegedly involved in evasion of tax, spokesman of E&TD said here.

He said shops and offices included from area of Barkat Market, Ferozpur Road and Gulberg. An officer of excise department said owners of above said shops and offices were defaulter of payment of Rs 2.5 millions as tax. He said crackdown was started on the direction of senior officers and it was to meet the target of tax collection set by the Punjab government. He said crackdown will remain continue till the target is achieved. Most of the defaulter owners were from influential families and during sealing of properties the taxation staff had to face severe pressure from different quarters.