KARACHI: Pakistan Customs along with the assistance of law enforcement agencies and paramilitary forces has launched a grand operation against smuggling.

Frontier Constabulary (FC) Balochistan, Khyber Rifles, Rangers and Police have launched a grand crackdown against the smugglers. Moreover, the conduct and movement of anti-smuggling staff of Pakistan Customs is also being monitored as the black sheep have caused irreparable loss to the nation.

On information received from Collector Faiz Ahmed, Customs anti-smuggling staff of MCC Preventive Lahore under the supervision of Deputy Collector Moazzam Raza, Superintendent Nasir Minhas, Deputy Superintendent Agha Qadeer Haider  and Inspectors Abdul Rehman Butt, Shahid Bhatti, Aslam Farooq intercepted a passenger bus at Thokar Niaz Baig coming from Peshawar.

After thorough rummaging of the vehicle, 79-cartons of Vatika Dabur Amla Hair fall treatment oil Made in India were found. The goods were cargo in transit to Jalalabad Afghanistan from India. Jersey Cloth in shopping bags was also recovered from the bus. The case is registered and further investigations are underway

It may be recalled that while General Raheel Sharif was Chief of Army Staff, the incidences of terrorism across the country and particularly in Balochistan had been almost eliminated. Then IG FC Balochistan Sher Afghan had curbed smuggling to a major extent and resultantly the terrorist activities had reduced to nominal during Sher Afgan’s time.

Now, institutions are following the footsteps and committed to end smuggling, which is the prime source of funding terrorists and anti-social elements.

Pakistan is faced with multiple threats and enemies abroad have been chalking out various designs to derail the economy and peace in the country. The China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is also being targeted. In order to foil the nefarious designs, Customs and FC are convinced that stopping the funding to terrorist elements was a pre-requisite, hence a grand campaign against smuggling is underway.

Smuggling causes collateral damage to the country as on one hand it adversely affects the local industry and legitimate traders and on the other hand, terrorists and anti-social elements are funded through the money made with this dirty business.