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Flour millers announce nationwide shutdown

  • Argues imposition of withholding tax is unacceptable, will shut down mills for indefinite period
Published July 11, 2024

LAHORE: The Pakistan Flour Mills Association (PFMA) on Wednesday announced a strike against imposition of withholding tax by shutting down the mills for an indefinite period.

PFMA Punjab Chairman Asim Raza announced the decision of closure of flour mills, saying imposing tax on flour was unfathomable and unacceptable as it was an essential edible item used in every household of the country.

He said the flour millers would never become tax agents for the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR).

According to sources, wheat washing in more than 1,500 flour mills of the country has been halted. Flour packing and supply will also be stopped from July 11.

Flour millers to go on strike from 11th

PFMA central chairman Chaudhry Amir Abdullah had announced suspension of flour mills’ operations after persistent deadlock with the government for not lifting the withholding tax on the flour.

“Instead of taxing the common man’s roti, the government should announce withdrawal of this unnecessary withholding tax,” he said.

He lambasted the FBR for being unable to meet grinding tax targets and leaving the masses burdened with excessive taxes.

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Builder Jul 11, 2024 11:50am
Their monopoly is gone as people have starting storing grain. Their quality is questionable anyway!
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KU Jul 11, 2024 02:43pm
Wish farmers could do the same. These millers have been, and still do, selling low quality mix flour and is one of the main reasons for stunted development of youth, yet govt doesn't control them.
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Abdullah Jul 11, 2024 10:13pm
Not much has been sold to millers and it will be used now in open market.People stored grain so there monopoly is gone.Tax these blackmailers.
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