ISLAMABAD: Directorate General of intelligence & investigations-IR has seized 79 million 155 thousand and 200 non duty paid cigarettes sticks during previous tax year and saved the revenue of Rs 127.83 million.

According to information available with Online that DG I&I-IR under the supervision of Khawaja Tanveer Ahmed has seized 79 million 155 thousand and 200 non duty paid cigarettes sticks during the outgoing year.

 According to sources, the Directorate General during the last year seized million of sticks of cigarette around the country. Out of seven directorates in the country, Faisalabad Directorate is leading from the front by seizing 31 million 420 thousand sticks of illicit cigarettes of local brands by taking actions under relevant provisions and Rules of Federal Excise Act, 2005 and Sales Tax Act, 1990 against 26 culprits. Amount of Revenue involved is Rs. 80.258 million; however Rs. 3.06 million were recovered.

Lahore Directorate was equally good by seizing more than 28 million 353 thousand sticks of illicit cigarettes of local brands, where revenue of Rs. 22.31 million was involved.

Hyderabad Directorate seized 9 million 680 thousand sticks of illicit cigarettes of local brands involving total revenue of Rs. 20.68 million and recovered Rs. 1.74 million.

Multan Directorate seized more than 4 million 596 thousand sticks of illicit cigarettes of local brands involving total revenue of Rs. 12.28 million.

 Peshawar contributed in the campaign by seizing 3 million 48 thousands cigarette sticks that involved Rs. 7.44 million of tax revenue, whereas, Karachi Directorate seized 2 million 56 thousand eight hundred sticks of illicit cigarettes involving tax revenue of Rs. 7.18 million. In aggregate, the Directorate General of I&I-IR has seized 79 million 155 thousand and two hundred sticks of illicit cigarettes of local brands that involved tax revenue of Rs. 127.83 million during its campaign in tobacco sector during tax year 2017. Few of culprits paid out the tax involved Rs. 4.8 million. Remaining cases are under adjudication at different RTOs.