LPG importers urge PM Imran for probe against Customs official

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The LPG importers have lodged a complaint to Prime Minister Imran Khan against Director Intelligence and Investigation IR, Karachi, Asim Iftikhar, for declaring the legal import of LPG through Taftan border as smuggling. They said Taftan border is an authentic and legal source for 30-40 thousand metric tons LPG import per month at economic rates and all taxes and duties are duly paid there.
Chairman LPG Industries Association of Pakistan Irfan Khokhar, in a letter addressed to the PM imran Khan, has stated that the said official is proclaiming legal import of LPG through Taftan border as smuggling thus becoming part of malicious propaganda at a time when the country is facing acute shortage of Sui gas and winters are coming and the masses need LPG, which is the poor people’s fuel, an alternate to natural gas.
The LPG importers have said that Asim Iftikhar has “deep” links with a major opposition political party. They accused him of being a financer of this party and also of masterminding harassment and creating panic among Taftan border LPG importers, which may result in horrific energy crisis
The Chairman letter says’ “Allegations of smuggling on LPG importers are totally baseless and fabricated and has not only caused panic among LPG importers but is also bringing shortfall of LPG which is brewing a major disaster that will lead to a big energy crisis in Pakistan when winter arrives.”
The LPG importers have assured their full cooperation to the PM Imran regard supply of low-cost fuel to the poor people, apprising him that load shedding of Sui gas has started in all areas of Pakistan and LPG is the only alternative economic source of energy for poor people of Pakistan.