Again Dengue Fever threat is looming in Pakistan, as the summer have already started and our new multiparty government which ousted PTI is busy securing itself. Also as its comprised of people from all sorts of parties, we are probably not going to see them focus on things of people’s interest.
The point here is this year we are probably not going to see the government doing much to eradicate dengue, like sprays and other measures. People are probably on their own in this regard. So that is why I have ended up making a video which based on my last year’s experience of three people in family being will with family, does provide lots and lots of info about dengue. Starts with measures against dengue mosquitos, goes on to explain the symptoms of dengue and what should you do if you get Dengue Fever Positive. Video we are talking about is following.
Finally as promised Pak Suzuki have just launched the Suzuki Swift in Pakistan via its Lahore based launch even happened on 24th Feb, 2022. There are three variants initially launched which are priced as follows.
Suzuki Swift GL
Suzuki Swift GL CVT
Suzuki Swift GLX CVT
Details of Prices and Variants of new Suzuki Swift
UPDATE: Above prices were valid at launch but soon after, Pak Suzuki had increased the prices of Suzuki Swift along with other vehicles, so latest updates prices of new Suzuki Swift are as follows,
Suzuki Swift GL
Suzuki Swift GL CVT
Suzuki Swift GLX CVT
Updated Prices of new Suzuki Swift (Updated on 18 April 2022)
This new Swift comes with 1200CC DOHC VVT engine. The top of the line swift comes with 6 airbags while other variants have just 2. Breaking is equipped with ABS and EBD along with Electronic Stability Program (ESP) improving the safety by many folds as compared to old Suzuki Swift. Top of the line trim of new swift also comes with Parking Sensors while both automatic trims or variants are also equipped with Hill Assist Control and Cruise Control. These few last features are first time introduced by Pak Suzuki in a locally manufactured car in Pakistan.
All three trims of car have electronically adjusted side mirrors however on GLX have electronic retraction option on side mirrors. All variants come with 16 inches Alloy wheels. Engine Immobilizer is present in all variants however top of the line variant also features a smart keyless entry.
Booking and Delivery Time
According to the initial information we gathered, Pak Suzuki is currently booking all Suzuki Swift variants only on full payment, deposited on the booking time. Also the delivery time ranges from 2 to 3 months.
As per standard practice of Pak Suzuki and other manufactures, based on our historic information, we know that these introductory prices do not hold much longer and soon a rise is seen in prices of newly introduced prices of these companies. So if some one is interested in buying any variant of this new Suzuki Swift, than it is highly recommended that you must not waste time and book your car on full payment as soon as possible.
Pak Suzuki have finally announced the launch date of third generation Suzuki Swift in Pakistan. Just recent Pak Suzuki have stopped the generation of second generation Swift. Also recently they have rolled out first Pakistan built model of third generation Suzuki Swift.
So, new third generation Suzuki Swift is being launched in Pakistan on Thursday, 24th Feb, 2022 via a Lahore based launch event. Soon after the launch, in fact from very next day the bookings are expected to be opened as per our research.
New Suzuki Swift comes in 1000cc turbo and 1250cc conventional engine worldwide but it is expected that Pak Suzuki will resort to 1250cc engine keeping in view the different local variables which does not favor the turbo, local fuel quality being on of the major ones.
New Suzuki Swift is expected to come in Manaul and CVT automatic variants, though Suzuki do launch several cars with AGS transmission, which mimic the automatic transmission but is actually just an actuator on top of manual transmission to automatically shift gears. Suzuki claims that this mechanism is much more efficient in fuel saving but still not liked by many as gear shifts are not that smooth. So hope Pak Suzuki do go for true automatic CVT transmission for this car.
Pricing will also be a hard one for Suzuki, it is at the time only hatch back in Pakistan in 1300cc category and already people can buy proton saga just above 21 hundred thousand which is a sedan, also Changan Alsvin can be bought at ex factory price of just above 24 hundred thousand. Honda city prices start just above 27 hundred thousand at the time of writing of this article.
Despite all above still based on information available at the time, Suzuki is expected to launch its 1250cc Hatchback the new Suzuki Swift at 27 hundred thousand and above. In such a case we can only wish them luck to sell enough number of pieces.
Update: As the vehicle is already launched, so the official price, variants, specs and booking information is also now available which you can read about here.
Government of Pakistan have the announced the new auto and export policy 2021. There are few main purposes of this auto policy which include, brining the ever rising car prices down for end consumer, encouraging the auto makers to produce new cars in Pakistan instead of importing and selling from the abroad and finally, encouraging the auto manufacturers to not only meet the demand of local auto market but also encourage them to make extra vehicles and export them.
The new Pakistani auto policy of 2021 is appropriately named the “Pakistan Auto Development and Export Policy 2021”, it is overall 2nd auto policy of the country. First one was introduced in 2016 by PML-N led government and that too had very positive impact on local auto market and resulted in lots of new auto makers entering or reentering in Pakistani auto market. These include but are not limited to KIA, Hyundai, Chandan, Proton and many more.
But coming back to Pakistan’s auto policy 2021, following are the benefits which were given in the auto policy.
660 to 850 CC: For vehicles with engines from 660 to 850 CC, the Sales Tax reduced from 17% to 12.5% , additionally the FED (Federal Excise Duty) which was 2.5% is not 0%, its just removed fully. Additional Custom Duty (ACD) which was 7% is not applied to this category anymore and is now 0%
851 to 1000 CC: For new category of vehicles with engine capacity up to 1000CC, the sales tax is similarly reduced from 17% to 12.5%, new FED is again 0% for this category as well. ACD, which was being charged 7% is now fully waived off to 0%.
Above 1001 CC: For this category no tax reduction given in sales tax. The FED is decreased by 2.5% and ACD is reduced to 2% from the older 7% which was being charged from customers.
Import duty reduced from 25% to just 10% on electric vehicles for Completely Built Units (CBU). Same is true for the hybrid vehicles which reduce the fuel consumption at least 30%. This Import duty is now 0% for CKD (Complete Knocked Off) Electric Vehicle Kits an which are later assembled inside the country.
Discouraging OON / Premium on top of Price
The auto policy also puts some good attention to the problem of premium earning on the vehicles which is result of supply demand gap. This is called “oon” in local language. So what investors do is, they register vehicles in advance and once they receive it, as no other option to buy car instantly is available due to supply/demand gap, they sell it instantly by charging a premium amount on car price. Some auto manufacturers and specially the show room owners also adopt and promote this practice. To discourage this all following initiatives are taken by government in this regard,
Car/Vehicle must only be registered in the name of person, who registered it in the first place. Otherwise, if the registrant is different he will have to pay additional fine of Rs. 50,000 to 200,000
Auto Manufacturers will deliver vehicles within 60 days of vehicles registration, otherwise, they will pay KIBOR + 3% interest rate on registration amount to registrant in case of delay. However, most likely this applies only in case when the vehicle was registered with full upfront payment to manufacturer.
Registrant will be able to see where in manufacturing stage their car is currently, via an online system to be introduced by each manufacturer.
If these steps still don’t work, additional steps will be taken and fine will be increased to stop the malpractice of charging premium for instant availability of vehicle.
Ensuring Car Quality and Safety Features
Auto policy also focuses on car quality and the safety features provided. For that auto manufacturers will have to at least meet the WP-29 world standard to provide enough safety features and a meet a minimum quality threshold.
Benefits for First Time Car Buyers
For people who are purchasing their first car, a car leasing scheme will also be introduced. This will have lower first payment and lower than current rates of interest. So that the people who are using the motor bikes can more easily switch to a car.
More to Come
According to Khusro Bakhtayar’s press conference on same topic, he mentioned that auto policy have much more benefits and sections which are subject to cabinet approval and will be announced in next month, which is first week of August 2021. Everything which is mentioned above is final and approved, these will details affective immediately infect right from 1st July, 2021. More expected benefits include the reduction of Customs / Import duty of JDM (Japanese Domestic Model) Cars. But import benefits will be given to the level so they do not jeopardize or affect the sales of local industry. Also, benefits to be announced include proper announcement of low interest car leasing schemes for people buying their first car and much more to be expected.
Finally, this auto policy is a very good step in right direction, this will boost Pakistan Auto market and will benefit the end consumers a ton. This single step addresses many concerns of Pakistan Automotive consumers which include car pricing, extra taxes, vehicle quality and malpractice of “oon” or premium charging on already hiked prices of Cars. It is also good that Pakistan Government is now determined to keep checks on auto manufacturers so that they keep the quality of vehicles up to the par and provide at least basic safety features.
During the recent Tehreek e Labaik (TLP) Protests in Pakistan, police was given difficult task of controlling the difficult mob, which definitely was a difficult task and on many places they were able to accomplish the task. Even the police force personals did lost their lives. There is no denying to all of these but lets get to the point now, on lots places the good old Gullu Butt factor was seen in the police. Some actions of Punjab Police depicted that they still need some discipline and training about how to deal with the citizens.
For example, here an incident worth mentioning, a TLP worker was kind of arrested by a police man, he was fully co-operating with him, he had him and it looked like police man was walking down with the prisoner towards a vehicle etc, another police man comes and unnecessarily starts beating the man. The man who have already have given up and is fully co-operating. He keeps beating him with sticks, even after the men fells down but the sticks keep coming. Luckily some other police men around interfere and stop him, otherwise it was looking too bad for him. Yes I am talking about the incident in following video tweet.
Than there was another incident where a bullet proof police vehicle goes towards protestors in full speed, putting their lives in danger. In background a voice says, two people are hit and gone under the vehicle. And you can clearly see, it happened, people can be seen on ground behind vehicle, this is not the way the state institutions work. Even if mob was out of control, they are citizens of this same country, so should have been dealt accordingly. Further you can see in the following video tweet, by the way. Police should deal with mob or any other situation professionally.
Another video from this clash was this ambulance video, where injured are not being spared inside the ambulance, they are being pulled out of ambulance and being beaten further with sticks.
Than there were other videos where the singled out TLP supporters which were in custody of Police, they were hand cuffed and were being beaten. These videos I can embed here but I don’t feel like doing it, you can search by hashtags of one of these above videos and you can find them. The point here is, it is not the job of state institutions like police to start taking revenge at their own, if they have picked up someone, they must be delivered to courts for due action. No society allows such behavior and violation of human rights which Punjab police is used to.
Also it is responsibility of Police departments that such incidents must not go unnoticed, due action must be taken against the individuals involved and details must be made public. As, I fully understand no institution allows this, but these are acts of individuals which are being ignored.
Finally, to make it clear that this article was not written due to some political motivations, I did voted PTI in last elections and I feel they have not done enough to bring the reforms in our police. Still, I have not seen any minister mentioning anything against these incidents. On other hand I have no affiliation of any kind with TLP but on same time I am unable to take these human rights violations lightly and let them pass by. Finally, yes TLP workers did similar stuff where they caught a singled out police man but the point here is, Police is an institution which have to go be rules and certain discipline and cannot be judged on standards of a mob.