ASO Preventive seizes large quantity of betel nut

KARACHI: Anti-smuggling organization (ASO) of MCC Preventive Karachi has recovered another bogey full of betel nut from a cargo train in a raid conducted at KPS Yard, Karachi.

Information was received through Collector Dr. Iftikhar to Additional Collector Aamir Theim that betel nut will be transported to Karachi through a train coming from Lahore. Deputy Collector Muhammad Faisal led the raiding team himself and reached the yard. Inspection led to recovery of a bogey full of betel nut worth Rs20 million.

It may be mentioned here that legal import of betel nut stopped about a year ago when Department of Plant Protection imposed certain quarantine restrictions. However, the commodity is easily available in the market.

Several companies in the business of betel nut and sonf-supari are continuing their production and their warehouses are full of smuggled betel-nut.

An official said senior Customs officers were patronizing their illegal trade and stopped the field officers from conducting raids on the warehouses of betel-nut and sonf-supari companies.

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