For the first time in Pakistan, luxury or non-essential commodities have been completely banned in the country to help the nation emerge from its financial crisis. Minister of Information Marriyum Aurangzeb confirmed the economic strategy established by the federal government on Thursday.

The Information Minister stated that this is an emergency situation and Pakistanis will have to make sacrifices under the economic plan. This will have a quick impact on foreign reserves. The ban will have an impact of $6 billion.

Aurangzeb went on to say that the government’s priority was to cut imports, thus it was going to implement an export-oriented policy that would help local industry and producers.

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Prime Minister (PM) Shehbaz Sharif is working “day and night” to stabilise the economy, according to the information minister, and has decided to ban the import of all commodities that are not in common use.

Food, decorating, and luxury automobiles were among the imports, according to Aurangzeb, who emphasised that the country was in a “difficult economic condition” as a result of the previous government’s policies.

Here’s a detailed list of banned goods:

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  1. Cars
  2. Mobile phones
  3. Home appliances
  4. Private weapons and ammunition
  5. Fruits and dry fruits (except Afghanistan)
  6. Crockery
  7. Shoes
  8. Chandeliers and lighting (except energy savers)
  9. Headphones and loudspeakers
  10. Sauces, ketchup etc.
  11. Doors and window frames
  12. Travelling bags and suitcases
  13. Sanitary ware
  14. Fish and frozen fish
  15. Carpets (except Afghanistan)
  16. Preserved fruits
  17. Tissue paper
  18. Furniture
  19. Shampoos
  20. Confectionary
  21. Luxury mattresses and sleeping bags
  22. Jams and jelly
  23. Cornflakes
  24. Bathroom ware/toiletries
  25. Heaters/blowers
  26. Sunglasses
  27. Kitchenware
  28. Aerated water
  29. Frozen meat
  30. Juices
  31. Pasta etc
  32. Ice cream
  33. Cigarettes
  34. Shaving goods
  35. Luxury leather apparel
  36. Musical instruments
  37. Saloon items like hairdryers etc.
  38. Chocolates

The declaration, according to the information minister, is part of the present government’s fiscal plan to combat the PTI’s incompetent policies.

Aurangzeb chastised the PTI for criticising the incumbent administration over the country’s economic woes, claiming that the Imran Khan-led government had raised inflation, taken historic debts, committed “economic terrorism,” and manipulated the economy by subsidising gasoline prices.

By subsidising the price of petroleum goods, the PTI administration broke its agreement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF), according to the Information Minister.

Via: Geo