QUETTA: Information was received through Director Sami-ul-Haq to Deputy Director Dr. Zohaib that large quantity of hormone injections, which induce cows and buffalos to produce more milk, would be smuggled into the country through passengers coming from South Africa via Dubai through Air Arabia Airline flight.
A team comprising Hamid Habib, Shabier Khan and Manzoor Shah was formed to foil the attempt. Subsequently, to suit cases were recovered from a passenger Asif Rana in the parking area of the airport.
Asif Rana informed that the suit cases were given to him by a person namely Faizan in South Africa for onward transportation to Quetta. The checking of the bags led to recovery of 5,000 injections of Boostin Somatatropin.
Further investigations found that one PRAL official Shahid Khan in connivance with Customs staff including Superintendent Muhammad Aslam and Inspector Fida Hussain had cleared the banned products. An FIR is lodged and investigations are underway.
Meanwhile, Collector Preventie Quetta Irfan Javed put the Customs officials duty-off and recommended Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) for suspension of five Customs officials.