KARACHI: Model Customs Collectorate Quetta foiled an attempt to smuggle Iranian origin diesel under the garb of documents/vouchers issued by M/s Pakistan State Oil (PSO), Kemari Terminal Karachi for supply of PMG (Premium Motor Gasoline) from PSO Loading point, Kemari Karachi to Quetta.
Acting on information passed through Collector Ashraf Ali, the Ant-smuggling staff of the Collecotrate intercepted an Isuzu oil tanker at Lakpass check post, Quetta. The driver of the said oil tanker provided Transshipment Advice issued by PSO, according to which 15000 liters of PMG were loaded in the said oil tanker from Kemari Terminal, destined for Quetta.
The seals fixed at exit points of the tanker were found intact and punched. However, seals of the upper chambers were found loosely affixed with ordinary wires without punching. Upon examination, 15000 liters of Iranians origin diesel was found loaded in the said oil tanker instead of PMG. The Customs Staff has seized the smuggled diesel and oil tanker.
Customs authorities as well as paramilitary forces have taken the task of eliminating the menace of smuggling from the country. It is an established fact that smuggling inflicts a colossal loss to the national economy as is deprives the government of its legitimate revenue and also deprives the local industry of a level playing field.
More importantly, the money made from this dirty business is known to be a primary source of funding terrorists and anti-social elements.