KARACHI: ASO Preventive Karachi has recovered 15 tons of monosodium glutamate (Ajinomoto salt) worth Rs6.0 million and lodged an FIR against Muhammad Rashid s/o Fazl-ur-Rehman and others.
Information was received by Collector Saquif Saeed to Additional Collector Haroon Malik to the effect that foreign origin Smuggled Monosodium Glutamate (Ajinomoto Salt) which is hazardous for health and the Supreme Court of Pakistan has banned its sale, import into the country, had arrived from Quetta and dumped at the Godown of M/s. Pak International Goods Transport Co. West Wharf Road, Karachi for further shifting within the city area, Karachi.
Pursuant to the said information a team headed by Deputy Collector Asim Awan and comprising Superintendent Jamal Zia and IPS Iftikhar Hasanof was constituted to foil the attempt and intercept the impugned goods. The ASO team reached at M/s. Al-Asghar Goods Transport Co. Quaid-e-Azam Truck Stand, Hawks bay Road, Karachi. The representative of M/s. Al-Asghar Goods Transport Co. Karachi later-on introduced himself as Muhammad Rashid S/o. Fazal-ur-Rehman, (Munshi of Company) was present there, who was asked about the consignment of Monosodium Glutamate (Ajinomoto Salt) arrived from Quetta, to which he led the Customs team inside the Godown where numbers of PP bags having marks as “Glutamate (Ajinomoto Salt) bearing mark as “LINGHUA” made in China) were lying there.
He was asked to produce documents regarding lawful import, procurement of said goods, to which he stated that one person namely Muhammad Rashid S/o Fazal-ur-Rehman, is owner of M/s. Al-Asghar Goods Transport Co. and the said (Ajinomoto Salt) and he has sent these goods from Quetta. The Munshi further stated that this place is used as a warehouse where the goods were brought from Quetta and other parts of country and distributed in Karachi.
The goods have been seized, FIR is lodged and investigations are under way.
Despite resource constraints, ASO Preventive is actively pursuing the anti-smuggling campaign.