The government has banned the import of non-essential luxury items under the emergency economic plan!
Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif in a tweet announced the decision to impose the ban on certain nonessential items after the federal cabinet’s approval.
The ban on the import of at least 38 items has been imposed for two months to forestall a looming default.
Luxury cars, mobile phones, cosmetics, cigarettes, food products, certain garments, and toiletries will fall in the banned import items category.
PM Shehbaz Sharif vowed to overcome all the challenges with resolve and determination with the nation’s help.
“My decision to ban the import of luxury items will save the country precious foreign exchange. We will practice austerity & financially stronger people must lead in this effort so that the less privileged among us do not have to bear this burden inflicted on them by the PTI govt,” PM Shehbaz Sharif tweeted.
Together we will overcome all the challenges with resolve and determination, InshaAllah! 🇵🇰 https://t.co/gIM7lqcjls— Shehbaz Sharif (@CMShehbaz) May 19, 2022
The non-essential luxury items banned by the government include:
- Mobile phones
- Home appliances
- Fruits and dry fruits (except to be imported from Afghanistan)
- Private weapons and ammunition
- Chandeliers and lighting (except energy savers)
- Headphones and loudspeakers
- Doors and window frames
- Traveling bags and suitcases
- Sanitary ware
- Fish and frozen fish
- Carpets (except Afghanistan)
- Preserved fruits
- Tissue paper
- Luxury mattresses and sleeping bags
- Jams and jelly
- Heaters, blowers
- Aerated water
- Frozen meat
- Ice cream
- Shaving goods
- Luxury leather apparel
- Musical instruments
- Salon items like hairdryers etc