A countrywide crackdown against food smuggling has been ordered by Prime Minister Imran Khan. Intelligence Bureau (IB) and Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) have been asked to submit regular monitoring reports.
According to a statement issued by the PM Office, the interior ministry, federal and provincial law enforcement agencies, the Federal Board of Revenue and the provincial government have been directed by the Prime Minister to take immediate action against smuggling and submit a report in two days’ time.
Minister for National Food Security Makhdoom Khusro Bakhtiar, Minister for Planning Asad Omar, Adviser on Trade Abdul Razaq Dawood, interior secretary, National Food Security secretary, acting FBR chairman, provincial home secretaries and other senior officers attended the meeting.
Other than talking about curbing smuggling, PM Imran also directed the relevant authorities to initiate short-, mid- and long-term measures in line with the recommendations of the Task Force on Prevention of Smuggling.
Also, a progress report on the establishment of border markets in Balochistan was presented.
Imran said, “Smuggling of food items triggers an increase in their prices and the common man suffers, which is not acceptable in any case. Smuggling is causing a loss of billions of rupees to the national exchequer.”
He said that effective prevention of smuggling is a matter of national interest.
PM said, “The government is aware of the plight being faced by the masses and is making every possible effort to provide relief to them in the shape of low electricity and gas prices.”