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  • A leaf from history: Cricket diplomacy checks war pitch

    With Indian troops am­a­ssed along the Pakistani border in early 1987, the morning of Feb 21, 1987, presented an altogether different surprise: a Pakistan Air Force jet landed at Delhi airport, with the visitor none other than Pakistan President General Ziaul Haq...

    The general had flown to Delhi on the pretext of watching a test match between Pakistan and India in Jaipur, with his arrival putting Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi in...

  • ‘Illicit cigarette trade growing in Pakistan’

    ISLAMABAD: Despite a regulatory regime in place to reduce smoking in Pakistan, the government has not been able to achieve its desired results...

    Figures highlighted during a presentation on Wednesday revealed that between 2008 and 2013, smoking incidence in Pakistan was reduced by 0...

  • Cigarette giants' lobbying led to dilution of tobacco health warnings in Pakistan: report

    Philip Morris International Inc and British American Tobacco Plc lobbied Pakistan's government to not implement bigger health warnings on cigarette packs, in what officials say was part of an industry-wide campaign that successfully persuaded Islamabad to water down a proposal designed to save lives...

    In Pakistan, where the government estimates tobacco kills more than 100,000 people a year, Philip Morris launched a lobbying campaign...

  • Pope stubs out cigarette sales in Vatican

    VATICAN CITY: Pope Francis has outlawed the sale of cigarettes at the Vatican in a bid to lead by example on healthy living...

    “The Holy Father has decided that the Vatican will cease to sell cigarettes to employees as of 2018,” the Vatican said in a statement on Thursday
  • ‘Grotesque’ cigarette packets may carry ad against corruption

    ISLAMABAD: On one hand the ministry of national health services (NHS) has been trying to stop use of tobacco, but on the other it plans to offer cigarette packets for government advertisement against corruption...

    On February 11, the ministry of NHS announced to introduce pictorial warning on the packets of cigarette which would cover its 85 per cent area...

  • Cancer-causing chemicals in one puff of cigarette

    He said about 100,000 deaths in Pakistan were caused annually by smoking alone...

    “Over 4,000 chemical compounds are created by burning a cigarette – 69 of those chemicals are known to cause cancer,” he said and stressed upon the need to share this information with smokers to a maximum level...

  • Cigarette sales to minors ‘widespread in Punjab’

    ISLAMABAD: More than half the incidents of cigarette sale to minors occur in Punjab, while the province in also the worst offender in terms of allowing tobacco sale within 50 metres of educational institutions...

    This was revealed by Khurram Hashmi, national coordinator of the Coalition for Tobacco Control (CTC), at the launch of the report ‘Stubbing it Out: Status of Enforcement of Tobacco Control Laws in Pakistan’ on Thursday... ...

  • FDI in cigarette industry curls up

    KARACHI: The tobacco and cigarette industry is still attractive to foreign investors in Pakis­tan, reflecting growing business and rising profits despite high taxes on this sector...

    On the whole, Pakistan has become almost a neg­lected country for foreign investors as FDI has fallen to $851m in FY15 from $6...

  • Enlarged health warning on cigarette packs delayed again

    ISLAMABAD: The fifth extension given by the Ministry of National Health Services to the tobacco industry to increase the size of pictorial health warning on cigarette packets has drawn a lot of flak from civil society and the health circles...

    On February 11, 2015, Ms Tarar announced that the size of the pictorial warning would be increased from the current 40 per cent to 85 per cent of the cigarette packets...

  • Cigarette makers out to block passage of anti-smoking law

    PESHAWAR: The Cigarette-manufacturers are out to block the passage of a law, aiming to ban smoking, from the provincial assembly, according to sources...

    Source said that being signatory to WHO’s International Health Regulations, it was obligatory for Pakistan to implement law against use of tobacco...

  • ‘Multinational cigarette manufacturers targeting children’

    ISLAMABAD: Civil rights activists and parliamentarians on Thursday expressed concerns that multinational cigarette manufacturing companies were systematically targeting children as young as six years of age by using aggressive marketing techniques...

    It is an uphill task to take action against multinational cigarette manufacturers, but we have to do it,” she said...

  • PAC summons FBR chairman over cigarette tax tiers

    The FBR has retained the third tier and set aside stakeholder recommendations calling for the restoration of a two tier tax system, even though the PAC believed that the new system was causing low revenue collection from the cigarette industry...

    The MNA called this a matter of great concern that cigarette production has increased by 100pc after the introduction of the third tax tier while FBR’s tax collection has fallen by 10pc...

  • Special audit of cigarette companies ordered

    ISLAMABAD: The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has directed the Auditor General of Pakistan (AGP) to initiate a special audit of multinational cigarette companies following allegations of multi-billion rupees revenue loss due to slackness of the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR)...

    The AGP has been directed to initiate an special audit relating to tax being paid by multinational cigarette companies and the audit teams will collect record...

  • NAB investigating Rs33bn in tax benefits to two cigarette manufacturers

    ISLAMABAD: The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has initiated an investigation into Rs33 billion in tax benefits to two cigarette manufacturing companies as a result of the three-tier tax structure that has allowed cigarette companies to pay less tax while improving sales...

    On May 23, the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) had recommended a special report by the Auditor General of Pakistan on the causes of decline in tax collections...

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