NA: (Smuggling through Afghan Transit Trade Route reduces considerably, NA told)

ISLAMABAD: The National Assembly was informed on Thursday that considerable reduction has been recorded in smuggling as a result of steps taken by the government to control smuggling at Afghan border through Afghan Transit Trade Route.

Parliamentary Secretary for Finance Rana Mohammad Afzal Khan told the House during Question Hour that law enforcement agency deployed at the borders, Frontier Constabulary has been given anti-smuggling powers.

He said a comprehensive anti-smuggling strategy has been chalked out under which for available resources and manpower have been pooled for optimum use. He said tracking devices are installed on all carriers and containers carrying Afghan Transit Cargo to ensure that no enroute pilferage takes places.

Answering a question, the Parliamentary Secretary told the House that the government has given unparalleled relief to the people by reducing prices of petroleum products.

He said petrol in Pakistan is available at lowest price in South Asia. He pointed out that the government has increased GST on petroleum products to reduce the revenue shortfall. He said eighty billion revenue shortfall is expected due to reduction in oil prices in global market and the government will able to recover forty billion rupees by increasing GST on petroleum products.

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