PM orders probe into ‘illegal collection’ of tax from passengers at airports

LAHORE/ISLAMABAD – Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif Saturday met with Punjab Chief Minister Hamza Shehbaz here in Lahore and discussed matters related to performance of the provincial government of the Punjab.

Member National Assembly Usman Ibrahim and provincial ministers Malik Ahmad Khan and Attaullah Tarar attended the meeting. During the meeting, which took place just two weeks before the scheduled by-polls in several Punjab districts, both the leaders also discussed the projects for the welfare and well-being of the public. Also, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif inquired about the health of JUI-F leader Maulana Fazlur Rehman at Ittefaq Hospital in Lahore on Saturday. He expressed best wishes for good health of Maulana Fzalur Rehman. He also directed the hospital administration to ensure best medical treatment to Maulana.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif Saturday took notice of collection of Rs50,000 federal excise duty from passengers at the airports. The prime minister expressed strong displeasure at collection of federal excise duty from passengers at the airports and directed the authorities that the illegal order to collect federal excise duty at the airports should be immediately revoked and the practice of causing trouble to the passengers should be discontinued immediately.

He ordered investigation into the collection of federal excise duty. He said it should be investigated as to how the excise duty was collected from the passengers without approval of the cabinet. He instructed the finance minister that after an immediate inquiry, strict action under the law should be taken against those responsible for the illegal act.

Shehbaz Sharif says those responsible have no right to stay on their posts n Pakistan Railways directed to ensure provision of wagons for coal transportation from Afghanistan

PM Shehbaz, CM Hamza discuss Punjab govt performance

He said those who inflicted suffering on the passengers had no right to hold their posts. The PM asked the finance minister to return the money to the passengers from whom federal excise duty was collected. He called for immediate implementation of his orders and submission of report after action against the persons responsible.

Railways Minister briefs PM on reforms

Minister for Railways and Aviation Khawaja Saad Rafiq Saturday called on Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and apprised him over the reforms process in Pakistan Railways and aviation sectors.

During the meeting, the political situation in the country was discussed, PM Office Media Wing said in a press release.

The prime minister was further apprised that implementation of Covid related standard operating procedures (SOPs) were being ensured during traveling in railways and airlines and especially on the occasion of Eid.

Also, Railways Minister Khawaja Saad Rafique directed the Pakistan Railways administration to ensure provision of wagons for transportation of coal from Afghanistan.

Presiding over a meeting at the PR headquarters here on Saturday, he reviewed different matters related to the Railway revenue and transportation of coal from Afghanistan. It was decided that transportation stations would be set up at Sibbi, Kundian and Khushhaal Kot.

The government has decided to import coal from Afghanistan for the coal-fired power plants due to price hike of the petroleum products. The Railways secretary, chief executive officer and other officers attended the meeting.

PM grieves over death of Mudassar Sultan

Prime Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif on Saturday expressed his grief over the death of Mudassar Sultan, a Pakistani citizen, in Saudi Arabia.

On his Twitter handle, the prime minister said that he had just learnt about the demise of Mudassar Sultan who was a precious asset for the party. The Pakistani embassy in Saudi Arabia had been instructed to bring his body to Pakistan, he further added. The prime minister also prayed for the high ranks of the departed soul and for the family to bear the loss with fortitude.


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