Pakistan sets up 11-member committee to investigate sugar export to Afghanistan

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Peshawar, Pakistan: As Pakistan is facing a shortage of sugar in the domestic market, the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has initiated the investigation into the sugar exported to Afghanistan.

An 11-member team of FIA will continue investigation based on the guidelines issued by the findings of the Sugar Inquiry Commission report which was investigating the sudden rise of sugar in the country.

The investigating team includes FIA Director Dr Moeen Masood and the representatives of Customs, Federal Board of Revenue and State Bank of Pakistan (SBP).

According to the media report, many sugar mill owners are allegedly receiving telegraphic transfers for payments for sugar sold to Afghanistan from the US and Dubai. The commission said in its report that sugar mills paid about Rs22bn in taxes to the government, but Rs12bn was reclaimed in rebates.

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