QUETTA: Customs Quetta has seized 21 tons of smuggled betel nut from a trailer coming to in country from Taftan.
Infromation was passed through Collector Preventive Irfan Javed to Deputy Collector Akbar Jan, to the effect that sizeable quantity of betel nuts are going to be smuggled through trailer coming from Taftan towards in to country.
Inspector Fareed Rind at Customs nushki check post stopped the said container and recovered 21000 kilo grams betel nuts.
In meanwhile with the collaboration of FC, 7 vehicles were also detained . The said cars were loaded with betel nuts. Three of the cars were Non Customs paid. The total recovered betel nuts are 25000 kilograms and its market value is around Rs30 million.
PM Imran Khan has directed the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) to eliminate smuggling, and as per his directives Pakistan Customs in Quetta and Karachi has broken the network of smugglers, and it now almost impossible to distribute smuggled goods to the markets.
Collector Appraisement Quetta Abdul Waheed Khan Marwat and Additional Collector Qasim Khoker are keeping strict vigilance on all imports from Afghanistan. It may be mentioned here that large quantity of dru fruit is smuggled from Afghanistan under the garb of fruits, vegetables and other goods. this illegal trade is almost eliminated.
MCC Preventive Quetta led by Collector Irfan Javed and Deputy Collector Akbar Jan is pursuing an efficeient crackdown on transportation of smuggled goods.Moreover, Director Customs Intelligence Quetta Sami-ul-Haq and Deputy Director Fazl-e-Shakoor and Inspector Hamid Habib has expedited their operations against smugglers and movement of smuggled goods.
In Karachi, MCC Preventive led by Collector Saquif Saeed along with Additional Collector Haroon Waqar Malik and Deputy Collector Muhammad Asim Awan have conducted many raids on various markets and warehouses. Due to this anti-smuggling drive, the traders involved in this dirty business have moved the dumping grounds outside of the city in Hub and Hyderabad. From there, smuggled goods are transported in small pick-ups to avoid major losses as Customs authorities are confiscating the transporting vehicles along with the smuggled goods.
Although, the FBR has suspended several officials in relation to the containers cleared from Torkham station without filing GDs, but the case is being botched up to protect the actual culprits.

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