The Government of Sindh on Friday banned car and jeeb racing and over speeding in Karachi and Thatta for the next six months. The provincial government sent out a notification enforcing Section 144 (6) of the Criminal Proceedings Code (CrPC) on motorcar and jeep racing and over-speeding within the limits of Karachi Division and Thatta District.
According to the notification, station house officers in both areas have been authorised to register complaints against those who flout the order under Section 188 of the Pakistan Penal Code.
The government has taken the measure to curb the “increasing tendency in youngsters to resort to over speeding, racing […] leading to loss of lives and property.” The decision comes after the murder of college student Zafir near Karachi’s Do Darya area in a related incident.
According to the police re-port, a group of suspects had gunned down 18-year-old college student Zafir Ahmed Zuberi and injured his friend, Zaid, on Abdul Sattar Edhi Avenue near Sea view, Karachi on Dec 3 after the victims hit motorcyclist Dr Abdul Raheem with their car.
Meanwhile, the suspects had chased the victims and opened indiscriminate fire on them in what seemed to be an act of vengeance. Sindh Minister for Excise, Taxation & Narcotics Control (ET&NC), Mukesh Kumar Chawla the provincial department during four-day road checking campaign launched from December 11, to 14, 2017, checked 13000 vehicles, impounded 665 vehicles and recovered Rs57,00,000 tax.
He informed this while chairing a meeting here on Friday. Secretary Excise and Taxation & Narcotics Control Abdul Haleem Shaikh, Director General Shoaib Ahmed Siddiqui and other officers also attended the meeting.
While briefing the meeting DG Shoaib Ahmed Siddiqui told that, during campaign 5678 vehicles were checked in Karachi, 2353 in Hyderabad, 2122 in Sukkur, 1148 in Larkana, 1258 in Mirpurkhas, and 665 vehicles were checked in Shaheed Benazirabad. During checking documents of as many 1232 vehicles were confiscated while 665 vehicles were impounded.
Shoaib Siddiqui said that during road checking campaign, Rs. 3387372 was recovered in term of taxes, Rs. 1945997 in head of withholding tax while Rs. 424477 were recovered as fine.
Minister ET&NC Mukesh Kumar Chawla expressing his satisfaction over the performance of the officers and officials during road checking campaign hoped that they would continue their good performance in future as well.
He directed the officers concerned to launch another drive against tax defaulting vehicles soon and deposit maximum tax into national exchequer. Provincial Minister advised owners of the tax defaulting vehicles to deposit due taxes before the next road checking campaign.