AJK govt urged to probe into alleged tax evasion

LAHORE: Activists from Peoples Lawyers Forum (PLF) and Peoples Students Federation (PSF) have demanded the Azad Kashmir government to constitute a judicial commission to probe into the money trail of an illicit cigarette manufacturing company in the area, alleging that a class four employee of the National Bank invested Rs500 million in the company.

Addressing a press conference, PLF and PSF leaders Ali Raza, Majid Awan and Kaleem Qureshi presented a three-point demand to the government, demanding action against Wayward Tobacco Company Limited.

They said that illicit cigarette manufacturing was in full swing in Rawani without a no-objection certificate (NOC), while the government has yet to initiate action against anyone.

The activists also demanded that the AJK prime minister clarify reports of his investment in the illicit company, adding that the accused investor was using photos of the advocate general and former AJK chief justice on social media to give an impression as if he was untouchable.

They threatened to observe a hunger strike in front of the AJK legislative assembly in the first week of November if their demands were not met.

Hassan Naqvi
The writer is a staff reporter and can be reached at [email protected]


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