KARACHI: The body of Director General Transit Trade Zahid Khokhar was dispatched via flight PK304 to Lahore for his final rites.
A large number of Customs officers and officials were present at the airport to farewell the late officer.
Muhammad Zahid Khokhar, BS-22, of Pakistan Customs Service (PCS) died of coronavirus COVID-19 on Monday morning.
Muhammad Zahid was most senior officer of PCS and recently promoted to BS-22. He was posted at Director General, Directorate General of Transit Trade.
Sources said that Mohammad Zahid was under treatment for the last few days and died of coronavirus early in the day.
“I am deeply saddened by the death of Mr Zahid Khokhar, DG Customs Intelligence (former member customs). He was an honest and upright officer who was promoted to Grade 22 rank just a few days ago. His humility, professionalism and pleasant nature will always stay in my memory,” Federal Minister Hammad Azhar said.
Arshad Jamal of All Pakistan Customs Agents Association expressed deep grief over the sad demise of Zahid Khokhar. He said Khokhar was a very decent officer who always facilitated trade and good business practices.
Sharjeel Jamal of M/s Utrade and Logistics said the virus was spreading fast and several officers/officials had contacted the virus.
He said the authorities had not taken proper measures, even the Customs staff had not been provided with PPE. He said the officers/officials should take special care while conducting hearings.