KARACHI: Just after assuming the office Member Customs (Operations), Tariq Huda has ordered Chief Collector Enforcement Saifuddin Junejo and field formations to expedite the anti-smuggling drive.
Anti-smuggling Organization (ASO) of MCC Preventive Karachi has seized 10 containers load of smuggled tyres from two warehouses at old Sabzi Mandi, University Road Karachi.
Information was received through Collector Preventive Saquif Saeed that huge quantity of smuggled tyres coming from Afghanistan were dumped at old Sabzi Mandi. Subsequently, Additional Collector Haroon Waqar Malik formed a raiding team under the supervision of Deputy Collector Muhammad Asim Awan.
Superintendent Iftikhar Hasan along with his team raided the warehouses and recovered huge quantity of smuggled tyres. As much as 10-container load of goods were brought to Customs warehouse. Superintendent Admin Jamal Zia remained at the backup support.
An official said a large quantity of smuggled tyres were still present at the warehouses, but due to the law and order situation and lack of transport, the remaining goods could not be seized, adding that more raids would be conducted on all markets and warehouses housing smuggled tyres.
These tyres are brought under Afghan Transit Trade (ATT) and then these find their way back into Pakistan. An official said ASO was making all out efforts to curb smuggling, but Adjudication was playing a pro-smuggling role acquitting the smugglers and releasing the seized goods. Moreover, the legal committee also was not challenging the Adjudication orders.
Moreover, during reinforced anti-smuggling drive, ASO/MCC Preventive, Karachi raided Akber Godown situated at SITE-A Shershah and confiscated huge quantity of smuggled cloth fabric worth Rs22.6 million; net cloth worth Rs0.5 million; curtain rings worth Rs0.34 million; curtain laces worth Rs0.45 million.
ASO/MCC Preventive, Karachi also raided a Godown at City Railway Station (Godhi) and seized “MADE IN INDIA” and “VIA KARACHI IN TRANSIT TO AFGHANISTAN” marked smuggled items which were being transported from Lahore to Karachi by Railway Cargo bogie. The seized goods include hair oil (vatika, parachute, Himalaya, Dabur amla, Emami); hair spray, body spray, chocolate spread and other goods worth Rs7.7 million.
Further, ASO/MCC Preventive Karachi conducted a ground breaking operation at Mayfair centre sadder Karachi against illicit shesha / hokah and seized huge amount of foreign brands shesha flasks , electronic Hokah , mixed brand shesha tobacco of different flavours, Aluminum foil papers worth Rs35.3 million.
FIRs have been lodged and investigations are underway.