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Nawaz lashes out at Imran, ex-CJP Nisar in his first address as PML-N president

The PML-N Quaid-who has been elected unopposed again as president of the party seeks leaders and workers support for re-organization of the party

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Lahore: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Quaid Muhammad Nawaz Sharif declared that his return nullified the lifetime disqualification verdict rendered by former Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar.

“Let the workers celebrate today, Ahsan Iqbal. But I want to ask Saqib Nisar who removed him. The workers are happy today because they have brought me back. Celebrate not just my victory and return, but the fact that Saqib Nisar’s decision has been thrown into the dust-bin," said Nawaz Sharif while delivering his first speech as president of the PML-N, after six-year long hiatuts, during the general council meeting in Lahore on Tuesday.

Nawaz Sharif strongly criticized former judges for their decisions. "I'm standing here," said Sharif. "Celebrate not just my return but also the overturning of Saqib Nisar’s decision. Call them today. Nawaz is back. Why did you make that decision? The decision was about why Nawaz Sharif did not take salary salary from his own son. I never asked your son for the salary," he continued.

He welcomed party leaders and workers, expressing pride in their unwavering support for PML-N. "I'm proud of you all," Sharif said, congratulating them and Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif. He praised Shehbaz Sharif for standing tall and emerging victorious during challenges, despite attempts to create rifts between them. "Shehbaz Sharif went to jail for this bond but he did not betray me," said Nawaz, hoping the bond remains strong.

Nawaz also commended Maryam Nawaz for her struggle and courage, mentioning her arrest. He praised Hamza Shahbaz for his resilience and highlighted the contributions of other party leaders like Khawaja Saad Rafique, Rana Sanaullah, Hanif Abbasi, Ishaq Dar, Ahsan Iqbal, Khawaja Asif, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Khawaja Salman, Nihal Hashmi, Ahad Cheema, Yousaf Abbas Sharif, Hafiz Numan, Kamran Michael, Fawad Hassan Fawad, and Miftah Ismail.

Reflecting on his political journey since 1985, Nawaz Sharif emphasized the PML-N’s role in pulling the country out of crises. He lamented that had his government not been removed, Pakistan would have been a stronger power. "The tug of war since 1947 is unfortunate," he said. Sharif recounted achievements like ending load-shedding, fighting terrorism, restoring peace in Karachi, building motorways, and launching CPEC.

He criticized Imran Khan, alleging that all cases against him are valid and accusing him of undermining the government through sit-ins planned abroad. Nawaz accused PTI of being a product of a third force and questioned Imran Khan’s integrity.

Nawaz Sharif highlighted Pakistan's nuclear tests as a major achievement, rejecting offers to halt them. He urged Shehbaz Sharif and Maryam Nawaz to work hard, promising better days ahead. He called on party leaders and workers to support him if elected again as party president, seeking a commitment to reorganize the party and serve the country.

 

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‘Govt can boost revenues by 40 billion with optimized Tobacco Taxation’

Murtaza Solangi, Former Caretaker Minister of Information and Broadcasting of Pakistan, said all stakeholders must cast their differences aside and unite to protect our children and youth from an industry which is causing billions of losses to the national exchequer

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Islamabad: Health advocates on Tuesday proposed a 40% increase in taxes on tobacco products in Pakistan to reduce consumption, increase revenue and bridge the gap in health costs associated with smoking.

This proposed increase would translate into a substantial rise in government revenue, estimated to reach Rs 336 billion from the current Rs 240 billion. The intervention would also significantly impact health costs associated with smoking, projected to be reduced from Rs 615 billion to Rs 418.2 billion, effectively reducing the gap between revenue and health costs to Rs 82 billion.

Mr. Murtaza Solangi, Former Caretaker Minister of Information and Broadcasting of Pakistan, said all stakeholders must cast their differences aside and unite to protect our children and youth from an industry which is causing billions of losses to the national exchequer. Increasing tobacco taxes is such a step which should be regularly implemented. The low cigarette prices are the reason why children and young people initiate smoking. He added, that smoking-related illnesses and deaths incur substantial economic costs in Pakistan's GDP every year. These increasing health cost burdens encompass healthcare expenses, productivity losses due to illness and premature death, as well as other indirect economic impacts.

Malik Imran Ahmad, Country Head Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids (CTFK) said that the effectiveness of high tobacco taxation as a vital measure in combating tobacco consumption, as advocated by the World Health Organization (WHO). The industry can absorb at least a 40% increase in taxes, and the IMF and World Bank have recommended Pakistan introduce a single-tier tax structure for cigarettes. Despite efforts to increase taxes, low cigarette prices persist, contributing to sustained high consumption levels. By adopting these reforms, Pakistan can make cigarette taxation more effective and align it more closely with international best practices.

He further added that the cigarette prices in Pakistan are still cheaper than in many parts of the world.

Malik Imran said that the illicit market share is exaggerated by multinational companies. The industry has been found to underreport production to evade taxes, violating tax laws and prioritizing profits over public health.

Muhammad Asif Iqbal, Managing Director of the Social Policy and Development Centre (SPDC) said smokers’ response to price changes suggests an enormous potential for taxation to discourage smoking in Pakistan. As a result of the recent hike in the FED on cigarettes and the corresponding increase in prices, cigarette consumption has declined by 19.2%.

 

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