Campaign against smuggled petroleum products; 21 fuel stations demolished, 43 more to go

KARACHI: The joint team of Pakistan Customs, Police and City Administration has demolished 21 petrol pumps in the city, which were selling smuggled petroleum products, while 43 more petrol pumps would be demolished on Thursday (today).

According to details, Customs had identified over 150 suspicious petrol pumps, so the Customs sought details of inventory sold and procured from these stations, which was counter-checked by the Oil Companies Advisory Committee (OCAC). Finally, it was confirmed that 64 stations were involved in trading of illegal and smuggled petroleum products.

The police undertook the task and destroyed these fuel stations in almost all the areas, while Rangers was called in Gadap. It may be mentioned here that Additional IG, Shahid Hayat and Commissioner Karachi, Shoib Siddiqui are taking personal interest in this campaign.

Customs in a joint operation with Pakistan Rangers and Sindh Police has launched a massive operation against fuel stations, which said to be selling smuggled POL products.

On Wednesday morning the operation launched to demolish 64 petrol pumps that were identified after thorough investigation and matching data with oil marketing companies in the country.

On Tuesday a high level meeting was convened at Customs House Karachi to finalize the preparations to raid the petrol pumps.

Director General Intelligence and Investigation Lutfullah Virk was heading the meeting which also attended by Collector MCC Preventive Tariq Huda, Additional Collector, Shafqat Niazi, Assistant Collector Wasif Malik.

Besides the representatives of other agencies attended the meeting included: Commissioner Karachi, Pakistan Rangers, Sindh Police.

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