September 22, 2021

LPG price rises as import thru Taftan border reduces

The LPG price in local market has started to climb, with Rs 5 per kg increase on Wednesday. Rs 60 has been increased in domestic cylinder and Rs 200 in commercial cylinder.

It is pertinent to mention that Chairman LPG Industries Association of Pakistan Irfan Khokhar has intimidated rise in LPG rates and have cautioned the government of that increase beforehand when he mentioned the irrational behavior of AsemIftikahr, Director of Intelligence and Investigation (Inland Revenue) Karachi, who termed the legal import thru Taftan border “smuggling, “which created panic among importers and thus import from that border have reduced up to 30 percent.

The Chairman had already lodged a complaint to Prime Minister Imran Khan in a letter of Asem Iftikhar, Director Intelligence and Investigation, Inland Revenue, Karachi, irrational move, saying he had resorted to harassment and panic amongst LPG Importers through Taftan Border.
The letter states, “I appreciate bold decisions taken by you over last couple years for the prosperity of this Country and its poor people. It is your vision under which we are growing as a nation. You want LPG to reach poor man’s house cheaper so that it is affordable to everyone. Your timely decision to reduce taxes on imported LPG has reduced the prices in the local market below OGRA’s regulated price.”

Today there is shortage of Piped Gas in the Country and to overcome this shortage, we have only one option, which is to import LPG from our neighboring country. Winter is right ahead and during winter, the consumption is bound to increase and the Government is trying its best to keep check on the price to ensure that it does not cross the limit in winter.
At this critical time, AsemIftikahr, Director of Intelligence and Investigation (Inland Revenue) Karachi, appeared on TV and termed a 100% legal Import of LPG through Taftan Border as illegal.

He said that smuggled LPG is being imported through Taftan border, though this import is fully documented. All sales tax and income tax are paid in National Bank at the border. This is done purposely to harass and terrorize the importers of LPG from Taftan border. This needs to be checked as to on whose agenda Mr. Asim Iftikhar is working. If the businessmen are victimized, they would stop importing LPG through Taftan Border, which is 100% legal trade and this will create shortage of LPG in the Country and will increase the price many fold.
LPG is poor man’s fuel. If its price increases how they can cook their food and they will not afford the costly LPG as the prices are likely to rise after such wrong claims of Asim Iftikhar

Mr. Asim Iftikhar has strong affiliation with Maulana Fazlur Rehman Group and is working on his policies to defame the Government. Mr. Talha Mehmood who is the Chief Financier of Maulana Fazlur Rehman Group
is Father in Law of Mr. Asim Iftikhar. Such kind of people should not be posted on such sensitive positions from where they can black mail and defame the Government.

Being an FBR serving employee and that too in a Director position, it needs to be checked as to how many times he has written to Quetta collectorate to check illegal import of LPG. If he has never written such letter to Quetta Collectorate in past one or two years, how come he has come on TV now and put a tall blame on innocent importers of such LPG.

Sir, we are looking towards you for justice. Please get inquiry conducted and if this man is found guilty, he needs to be removed from his position and punished too.

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