NAB looks into smuggling of old/used trucks

KARACHI: National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Balochistan has initiated investigations into the organized smuggling of vehicles particularly old/used trucks, which are banned to be imported into the country as per the Import Policy Order.

As part of a case under process at the Bureau under the allegations of corruption and corrupt practices, NAB Balochistan had sought from Director Customs Intelligence & Investigation, Quetta the certified copies of complete case files pertaining to seizure of 39 vehicles.

Sources said NAB had acquired all the record from the Directorate of Customs Intelligence & Investigation, Quetta.

It was known that old and used trucks were being smuggled into the country in a very organized manner because old and used trucks are banned to be imported in Pakistan. According to the modus operandi, chassis of trucks are smuggled from Afghanistan to Quetta, then these are seized by the authorities leading to auctions. From these auctions, the particular cartel picks these up. Sources said notorious smugglers known as Sadiq and Nabi are behind this organized smuggling.

Former Director Quetta Irfan Javed took a stand and didn’t permit the auction of these seized chassis and subsequently, Irfan Javed was transferred to Peshawar.

Quetta is very sensitive station because of the large scale smuggling carried out by unscrupulous elements. Despite this importance, a proper team is not being formed at Quetta as Director General I&I transfers officers and officials quite frequently.

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