KARACHI: Sindh Police has launched a massive crackdown on warehouses in Yusuf Goth Karachi that serve as dumping ground for almost all the smuggled goods that find their way in the country.
A large contingent of Police cordoned off the Yusuf Goth on Friday morning as a campaign is underway against smuggling. The warehouse owners, transporters and owners of the smuggled goods created a law and order situation, but the Police controlled the situation.
It was known that the warehouses are bulldozed and scores of persons including labour, transporters and owners of the goods have been detained.
Customs Intelligence and Investigation Karachi and MCC Preventive Karachi are in continuous coordination with the Police. An official said the recovered smuggled goods would be handed over to Customs authorities.
It may be mentioned here that smuggled goods are transported from Quetta to the rest of the country through three different routes.
Such goods are moved from Vinder katcha area to Dorjee to Mangopir and then via Northern bypass to Yusuf Goth. The smuggled goods are covered with bijri and crush.
The second routes leads the smuggled goods to Hyderabad via Quetta to Sibi, Bolan to Jhatput, Jacobabad to Sukkur and then Kashmore to Hyderabad. These goods are then moved to Yusuf Goth in Karachi easily.
Third route leads to Lahore wherein goods are moved via Noor Elahi, Zhob Road, D.G Khan and then Lahore, from Lahore these are distributed in Punjab and transported to Karachi and dumped at Yusuf Goth.
The smuggled goods from Quetta are primarily transported in passenger buses to Karachi and other parts of the country. It was known that Rs340,000 is paid as bribe to various law enforcement and security agencies for safe transit of these carrier bus.
These goods are then supplied on Suzuki pickups. Sources said certain contractors namely Mannan, Anwer, Saleem Shah, Esa Gul, Najeeb, Allauddin, owned hundreds of Suzuki Pickups, were the distributors of the smuggled goods including cloth, betel nut, electronics, blankets, auto parts, spices, dry fruits and other miscellaneous goods.