KARACHI: One the directives of Prime Minister Imran Khan, Customs authorities have expedited anti-smuggling drive, and Anti-Smuggling Organization (ASO) of MCC Preventive Karachi conducted several successful operations in the last four days.
Information was received through Collector Preventive Saquif Saeed that large quantity of smuggled goods had been dumped at warehouses in Bolton Market. Additional Collector Haroon Waqar Malik formed a team headed by Deputy Collector Muhammad Asim Awan and comprising Superintendent Iftikhar Hasan and others to raid the warehouses.
Subsequently, three warehouses in Bolton Market were raided and smuggled cigarettes, cigars and tobacco (sheesha) worth Rs140 million were recovered.
Two days ago, raid was conducted in Jodia Bazar, and Rs40 million worth of cigarettes, cigars, Indian tobacco were recovered. Prior to that large quantity of smuggled betel nut was recovered from a warehouse at Railway Yard in Karachi.
An official said it is the first time that warehouses and markets are being raided. Earlier, whenever Customs raided markets and warehouses the trade bodies and associations of the markets created law and order situation, due to which raids were stopped. Moreover, the officers and officials active against smuggling were transferred.