PESHAWAR – Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Minister for Excise & Taxation, Liaqat Shabab has termed the division of Excise & Taxation Department, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, illogical and assured the officials that E&T Department could not be divided in his presence at any cost.

He asked the E&T Department officials to call off their protest and start discharging their official duties again. The officials on this occasion called off protest and resumed their duties.

This the minister said while addressing the protest rally arranged by the officials of the Excise & Taxation Department, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, at the office of Excise & Taxation Department Shami Road Peshawar on Monday.  On this occasion, Secretary Excise& Taxation Muhammad Akbar Khan, Director Ayaz Khan, office bearers of All Pakistan Clerical Association Muhammad Aslam Khan, Zakir Khan, Faiz Ali Shah and officers and officials of E&T Department were also present in large number. The office bearers of APCA Muhammad Aslam Khan, Zakir Khan Faiz Ali Shah and Gohar also addressed the protest rally and critically apposed the division of the Excise and Taxation Department.

The minister said that E&T Dept has vital importance due to its revenue generation; therefore, its division would be a non-serious attempt. He said that the department achieving hundred per cent budget targets every year, saying that it achieved its targets even during disturbed situation last year as well.

Liaqat Shabab urged upon the officials of the department to carry out their official obligations with full devotion and dedication, so as the province could move forward. Later on, the officials of the E&T Department formally announced to end their protest.