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MULTAN - Excise and Taxation Secretary Capt (r) Saeed Nawaz disclosed on Monday that Excise Police Stations were being set up in Multan, Lahore, Mianwali and Rawalpindi districts.

“It’s the first phase and the government has allocated Rs40 million for it. Lahore will be the first city of Punjab to have an Excise Police Station,” he added while talking to the journalists here at local excise office. Director Excise Multan Jam Siraj Ahmad and other officials were also present. He announced a grant worth Rs2 million for the restoration of Excise Multan office.

Answering a question, he said that the suspended process of giving promotions to excise officials, which were due since long, was being resumed and the decisions would be made on merit.

He told the journalists that the tax targets for the remaining half of ongoing fiscal year would be fixed on monthly basis so that the recovery could be ensured.

He appreciated the performance of Multan office and said that the local officials performed very well as they clinched second position in entire province in revenue collection. He hoped that the tax officials would exhibit the same performance in remaining half of ongoing financial year. He disclosed that after the inspectors, now the AETOs and ETOs would also be considered for performance awards.

SUO MOTO NOTICE OF NAB INVESTIGATOR DEATH: The activists of Jamaat-e-Islami staged a demonstration against what they described as ‘mysterious killing’ of investigative officer of rental power corruption case Kamran Faisal here at Nawan Shehr Chowk on Monday. Dozens of protesters led by deputy secretary general of JI Punjab Rao Zafar Iqbal assembled at the chowk and carried out full throated sloganeering against the government. A severe traffic jam took place because of the protest.

Speaking on the occasion, Rao Zafar Iqbal, Dr Hafeez Anwar, Rana Tariq Naem and Ch. Ikram ul Haq said that by killing an honest and patriot officer, the corrupt elements disseminated a horrible message to all honest officers of the country to refrain from unearthing their corruption or get ready to meet the same fate. They demanded the Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry to take suo moto notice of this tragedy and set up a high-level judicial commission to unmask the faces of killers.