The government has made it mandatory for providing CNIC numbers or
National Tax numbers of purchasers who are not registered with the
Sales Tax department. Unfortunately this will contribute greatly in
unregistered consumers turning to smugglers to provide the goods they
need to run their businesses. A few years ago, unregistered persons
had to pay 3% extra. This law should be enforced again, and the extra
payment by unregistered consumers raised to 5%. At least the
government will get much needed revenue, rather than losing it to the
smugglers’ mafia.

The Friday Times, July 3-9, 2009