The federal government has decided to impose “Gunnah Tax” in order to boost the health sector. Speaking to the public health conference at the Health service academy, National Health Minister Ammer Mehmood Kiyani announced the imposition of Gunnah or ‘Sin tax’ on cigarettes and sugary beverages. He further reviewed regarding the implementation of the tax.
- This act will discourage the taking of tobacco and cigarettes especially among youngsters.
- This move will increase the price of cigarettes as the authorities are mulling to impose Rs. 5 to Rs.15 tax on each packet.
- Collection of amount through this tax will be allocated in Prime Minister Health Programme.
After this announcement people couldn’t hold back and start trolling the government of Pakistan. They seem not really happy about proposing a new bill on cigarettes in the National Assembly. They took the help of keyboards and keypads and write on social media like twitter, facebook, and other social apps about it. Newly Government was targetted and many people said they want their “dil ki dharkan” back as they were pointing on Nawaz Sharif to back in government.
Wtf is Gunnah Tax? I want Dillon ki dharkan Nawaz Shariff back 8 ruppay ki goldleaf hua karti thi yaar
— Ahmed (@AhmedDamn) December 4, 2018
The government’s economic plans and finance minister have also been targeted. In one tweet, a person said “before election Asad Umer had many plans and now they have Chanda, AndaMurghi, and Gunnah etc.
Before elections: Asad Umar has got best plans
After elections economic plans: Chanda, Adha murgi, Gunnah tax.
— Tayyab Memon (@TayyabMemon) December 4, 2018
Some people even dragged famous Pakistani Actress Mahira Khan as people saw her pictures in past and asked her to raise voice on this imposition. They made a hashtag “I STAND WITH MAHIRA”.
Difficult time for our own super star @TheMahiraKhan#IStandWithMahiraKhan pic.twitter.com/FtQSTveddc
— Usman Khattak (@UsmanKhattak01) December 4, 2018
Hahaha is mein konsa Gunnah hai ? #IStandWithMahiraKhan U should raise voice against this Tax @TheMahiraKhan
— Kabir Sheikh (@KabirrSheikh) December 5, 2018
Further, many people are eager to know about the imposition of tax makeup and other cosmetics is possible and what name would be called?
#PTIGovernment please impose #GunnahTax on cosmetic accessories as well
— El Sultanova Družba (@tweetingyninja) December 5, 2018
اگر حکومت تمباکو مصنوعات پر گناہ ٹیکس لاگو کرنے جا رہی ہے
تو پھر ’میک اپ‘ پر تو گناہ کبیرہ ٹیکس لاگو ہونا چاہیے۔#GunnahTax
— Aamna Awan (@aamnawan) December 5, 2018
Moreover, Smokers asked for forgiveness to the government in a sarcastic way.
#GunnahTax @Asad_Umar seriously! I have been committing this #Gunnah for a very long time now, please add a phrase of forgiveness in the bill, will you?
— Nadeem (@nad671) December 4, 2018
With trolling and criticizing there are a number of people who appreciated this act. They completely agree with this imposition of the tax.
Govt. should impose high taxes on cigarettes, there may be 2 outcomes of this
1: People will leave smoking
2: Govt may earn high revenues through taxes from the sale of cigarettes.#gunnahtax
— Haris Bhatti (@harisbhatti124) December 4, 2018
In a country where everything is misrepresented and morality is used as a weapon, naming a tax “Gunnah tax” maybe isn’t the best idea
— oxy (@buuddyy99) December 5, 2018
They gave logics on the positive impact of the society if this law will be implemented properly throughout the country.
#SinTax is a term used in the entire world to impose taxes on cigarettes & liquor. We are urdu speaking country so we named it gunnah tax, Saudi Arabia imposed this tax with the same name but unfortunately we have many so called intellectual jahils in media to misguide the nation
— ات رنگي سائيں لوک (@AtrangiSaain) December 5, 2018
They further justified the term “Gunnah” and said the government is not trying to imply the cigarettes in Gunnah category, their aim is to discourage the public in consuming cigarettes and tobacco-related products.
#GunnahTax” or #SinTax is a type of #ExciseTax imposed on goods and services of which consumption is required to be discouraged like liquor, cigarettes, petrol and even fizzy drinks. #Pakistan
— LatifjoFakir (@mdaudp) December 4, 2018
On the Social Media platform, some people also asked about the imposition of law on other illegal acts that are actually Gunnah like harassment and alcohol.
Charge them “Gunnah-e-Kabeerah Tax” if they Harass.
— AlphaWoman (@Rubab_Alee) December 5, 2018
Why no “Gunnah Tax” on Murree Brewery alcoholic beverages? #GunnahTax #PMIK
— M Bilal Haider (@mbilalhaider) December 4, 2018
Yes, sin tax is the most common law imposed in many counties of the world in order to increase revenue. But this new tax raised many questions about the performance of a newly formed government. And, it is the right way to go to prosperous Naya Pakistan?