Must pass on benefits of oil price cut to public: PM

Prime Minister Khan says PoL prices were cut to provide relief to people


ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan Thursday resolved that the government would neither show any laxity nor make any compromise in its ongoing operation against smuggling owing to its two-pronged adverse economic impacts. Chairing a meeting to discuss the anti-smuggling measures and prices of daily use items, the prime minister said the smuggling was bane to the national economy for causing food insecurity and inflicting irreparable loss to the local industry, a PM Office statement said.


Industries Minister Hammad Azhar, National Food Security Minister Fakhar Imam, Finance Advisor Abdul Hafeez Shaikh, Commerce Advisor Abdul Razzak Dawood, federal secretaries of interior, finance and food security, FBR Chairman, provincial chief secretaries, home secretaries and IG police attended the meeting. The meeting was told that an ordinance had been promulgated to further strengthen the existing anti-smuggling law and strictly handle the elements involved in smuggling of currency and essential items.


Moreover, the law enforcement agencies (LEAs) have been empowered to act against smugglers at the airports as well as within five kilometers of the borders. The LEAs have also been given the powers to take such people into custody. Moreover, the ordinance would ensure a better coordination among the district administration, custom officials, secret agencies and LEAs. The chairman FBR and provincial chief secretaries apprised the meeting on the measures taken so far for enforcement of anti-smuggling ordinance.


The prime minister directed all the departments concerned to submit fortnightly report on the actions against smuggling and the people involved in the offense. The provincial chief secretaries briefed the prime minister about the wheat crop and harvesting, prices of the essential commodities and the steps taken to reduce their rates. The provincial governments also presented a report to prime minister on action against the hoarders and profiteers. The prime minister directed the provincial administrations to pass on the impact of the reduced oil prices to the masses for providing them relief.


Prime Minister Khan has said that the purpose of reducing petroleum prices was to provide relief to the people, and it must be ensured that this benefit is passed on to the public. The four provincial Chief Secretaries, Interior Secretaries and Police Inspector General’s attended the meeting via video link. Chairperson FBR briefed the meeting on steps taken after the implementation of the Anti-Smuggling Ordinance.

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