KARACHI: MCC Port Qasim has lodged an FIR against Abdul Qadir of M/s World Oceans Center, Shahzada Aman of Saleem Sons Freight Services and others for smuggling liquor through misdeclaration in the garb of diplomatic cargo.
MCC Port Qasim has seized 6,000 bottles of assorted brand of whiskey worth 93.6 million.
Information was received by Collector Port Qasim Ashad Jawwad regarding import of large quantity of liquor under the garb of diplomatic consignments. Embassies and diplomatic missions are accorded a quota by the Ministry of foreign Affairs for the import of liquor.
One such consignment was lying at MCC Port Qasim for the last three months, and the Collector had information that liquor way in excess of the quota and undeclared goods were in the said consignment.
The Collectorate was in contact with Ministry of Affairs for examination with the Embassy representatives, as the Goods Declaration (GD) had been filed by M/s World Ocean Center on behalf of Embassy of UAE.
After several reminders and lapse of three months, Ministry of Foreign Affairs informed that Embassy of UAE had disowned the consignment.
Therefore, R&D team led by Additional Collector Ali Zaman Gardezi, Deputy Collector Wasif Malik, Principal Appraiser Imran Gul, Appraising Officers Anwer Zeb and Ehtesham Paracha conducted the examination of the container, which led to recovery of 6,000 bottles of whiskey of European origin.
An official said diplomatic consignments were used to smuggle liquor and other goods since long and the incidence of such import increased around the Christmas and New Year. It was known officials of several embassies were involved in this dirty business.
Sources said the seized liquor is placed in state warehouses, where most of these goods are replaced with coloured water filled bottles, which are destroyed in the presence of photo crews.
An official said government should devise a system that liquor could be imported legally for foreign tourists. The official maintained liquor can be sold to foreigners on presenting their passports.
All leading tourists destination including United Arab Emirates have legalised sale of liquor.
The official said legalised commercial import of liquor would generate large amount of revenue as well as provide impetus to the tourism industry.