RTO confiscates counterfeit cigarettes

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City Reporter

Inland Revenue Enforcement Network Squad of Regional Tax Office, Rawalpindi, in a major counter-evasion operation, has seized two trucks which were illegally transporting non-tax paid counterfeit cigarettes for supply into local market.

The trucks were loaded with 300 cartons of counterfeit cigarettes of Classic Brand, and 300 cartons of counterfeit cigarettes of Kissan Brand containing 6 million cigarette sticks.

Market value of the seized cigarettes comes to Rs. 18,900,000/- involving unpaid duties and taxes at Rs. 12,646,500/-.

Some of the counterfeit cigarette brands are manufactured in AJK, and then transported across into Pakistani markets without payment of duty and taxes.

Dr. Muhammad Ashfaq Ahmed, Member (Inland Revenue Operations) visited RTO, Rawalpindi and met the senior officers as well as the members of the raiding squad.

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