KARACHI: The Model Customs Collectorate (MCC) of Appraisement-West has lodged an FIR against two persons including Amir Malik of M/s Bahria Town (Pvt) Ltd and Ghufran Tahir of M/s Jumbo International and their associates for importing and clearing two units of Toyota Land Cruiser bullet-proof vehicles on fake documents.

According to details of the case, two brand new Toyota Land Cruiser Bullet Proof Level B6 vehicles were imported indicating consignee as Bahria Town (Pvt) Ltd, and notified party as Amir Malik.

The Goods Declaration for clearance of same was filed by M/s Jumbo International duly supported with an NOC for retrofitting/armoring of two vehicles into bullet-proof B6 level issued by the Ministry of Interior.

The NOC mentioned that the vehicles will be used exclusively by the company which has been issued NOC, feature of the vehicles imported will be intimated to the Ministry of Interior, the vehicle will be disposed off after obtaining NOC from Ministry of Interior and the vehicles will be plied in the high security risk areas only.

The vehicles were accordingly released on the basis of documents so provided. Subsequently the Ministry of Interior was requested to confirm the authenticity and genuineness of the NOC submitted with the Goods Declaration.

The Ministry has categorically confirmed that as per the available record, no NOC for retrofitting/armoring for aforesaid two vehicles into bullet-proof vehicles was issued to M/s Bahria Town, hence the NOC be considered fake and bogus.

The FIR has been lodged accordingly while Ghufran Tahir of M/s Jumbo International has been arrested, efforts are being made to arrest the other accused as well.