KARACHI: The offices of Pakistan Customs will remain open on Saturday, September 07, 2013 for retrieval of record demanded by fact-finding commission, nominated by Supreme Court of Pakistan in illegal weapon movement from ports.
In a notification issued Friday, the Chief Collector of Model Customs Collectorate (MCC) of Appraisement (South) ordered that in compliance with Supreme Court suo moto action in Karachi Law & Order case the offices of MCC Appraisement (West), MCC Appraisement (East), MCC Port Qasim, MCC Preventive, MCC Export and MCC Export (Port Qasim) shall remain open to assist Ramzan Bhatti, representing one-man fact finding commission.
The collectorate ordered the staff of concerned collectorates to attend the office.
The court appointed Bhatti to ascertain the position and possible measure and ways to stop it.
The commission is formed to suggest who could be held responsible for the smuggling of the arms and ammunition in the country through ships, vessels as well as launches and what the reasons were for not preventing smuggling.
The commission would also find as to whether the Customs officials posted at the Ports of Bin Qasim and Karachi managed to recover hundred percent customs duty and the revenues or there were certain mechanisms on the basis of which these duties were evaded causing loss to the public exchequer and ultimately such black money was used for illegal activities and promoting crimes in the country.