‘I’m done’: Pakistanis react to PTI’s ‘Gunnah tax’ on cigarettes
The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government has broke a very bad news for all the smokers across the country with their latest move. The ruling party has decided to impose tax on cigarettes, which is perfectly fine, but have proposed a very unusual name for it.
As per PTI’s new policy, every time you go out and buy a pack of cigarettes, ‘GUNNAH’ TAX will be imposed on you. Yes, you read that right.
Federal Minister for National Health Services Aamer Mehmood Khan announced during Annual Public Health Conference that “We are sending a sin tax bill in the National Assembly in which taxes would be imposed on cigarettes and tobacco products.”
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Pakistanis are OKAY with tax being imposed on cigarettes and tobacco products. But naming it ‘Gunnah’ tax? That’s a big NO.
Imposing tax on cigarettes is not something new. Previous governments have also taken similar steps to discourage smoking. What’s problematic is the term ‘Gunnah’ tax and one PTI member himself feels it is ‘inappropriate’.
I’m a chain cigarette smoker myself and I appreciate all the measures taken by the government to discourage smoking and I understand it’s injurious to health but this term “Gunnah Tax” is inappropriate. If this is gunnah then what would we name and term the actual gunnahs.
— Faisal Vawda (@FaisalVawdaPTI) December 4, 2018
The name has not impressed many others too, especially the smokers
I am a smoker. Not proud of it. Nor that I am an angel. But introducing a gunnah (sin) tax takes the discussion in an altogether different direction. Add this tax but kindly use a less religiously loaded name. https://t.co/V1e5UQBAXT
— Farrukh K. Pitafi (@FarrukhKPitafi) December 4, 2018
People have also suggested alternatives
Gunnah tax is ridiculous … call it cancer tax or health tax or something else https://t.co/WvdtDZsfQP
— OS (@omarshahid_) December 4, 2018
To the smokers, would you buy a cigarette pack if it was Rs1000 each?
Raise the price of cigarettes to Rs1,000 per pack. No one will die without smoking. Easily available cigs are harmful to everyone. 🚬 #GunnahTax
— Jajja (@SumairaJajja) December 4, 2018
if smoking is gunnah then ban it. why a tax for your funds? losers
— mhnr (@llllxzv) December 5, 2018
‘Abbay ye kya circus hai?’
ابے یہ کیا سرکس ہے؟ 😂😂😂 pic.twitter.com/wWFpHL7tEc
— Ali Warsi (@thealiwarsi) December 4, 2018
Gunah tax? ARE YOU FUCKING SERIOUS?
— Rao (@CasualRao) December 4, 2018
PTI, however, did not coin the term ‘Sin’ or ‘Gunnah’ tax. Sin tax is an actual term used for taxes imposed on products like cigarettes and alcohol
‘It is a historical term’
The term 'sin tax' is historical. It is of british origin. 'Gunnah tax' is simply a translation. Reading can informative. https://t.co/1vjEBZpYOS
— Yasser Hashmi (@YasserHashmi) December 5, 2018
Google is the solution to all our problems
— Ahmad Salman (@ahmad9998) December 5, 2018
And here are some ‘Gunnah Tax’ memes
We all love us some Ryan Reynolds, don’t we?
Gunnah tax 😏 😑 pic.twitter.com/pIqIHSJnXS
— چڑیل_اول✨ (@Churail_Awal) December 4, 2018
The tax applies to Mr Deadpool too. Don’t believe us? Well, now you do
— DMDMax (@DmdMax) December 5, 2018
This man will pay 5 times the ‘Gunnah’ tax a normal smoker would
— Asif Pasha (@Asif_Pasha_) December 4, 2018
— Asif Pasha (@Asif_Pasha_) December 5, 2018
At least they are trying ?
— Blue on Blue (@razzblues) December 5, 2018
Literal translations never work and the ‘Gunnah’ tax fiasco has proved it once again. Let’s just keep it to ‘Sin’ tax or Health tax or Any-other tax that does not stir controversy.
Because let’s be honest, PTI can not afford to make things any worse.
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