LAHORE: Police has lodged an FIR under Anti-Terrorism Act against notorious smuggler Haji Sadiq and several others for an armed assault against Customs staff.
Information was passed that large quantity of smuggled goods (four containers) was present at the warehouse of Haji Sadiq owned Shehryar Traders. Deputy collector Karim Aadil along with Customs staff reached on the sport, but several armed persons including Masood Khan son of Haji Sadiq attacked the Customs staff and injured two officials.
The associates of notorious smuggler Haji Sadiq including hi son were armed with rifles, pistol and iron rods. The armed smugglers manhandled Customs staff and snatched the official SMG rifle from Constable Adnan Liaquat, they also attempted to set official vehicle on fire.
Meanwhile, a large contingent of police and Customs arrived, and the attackers escaped.
An FIR is lodged against Haji Sadiq, MAsood Khan s/o Haji Sadiq and several others at Misri Shah Police Station under Anti-Terrorism Act and six persons have been arrested.
The examination of the seized smuggled goods is being conducted, while an FIR under Customs Act would be lodged soon.
Haji Sadiq is the prime accused in Deputy Collector Abdul Qudoos Sheikh murder in Quetta. These smugglers are so powerful having connections in politics, parliament and security agencies. Haji Sadiq, a suspect in the murder of Deputy Collector Customs’ was given bail by the Court without him even appearing before the Court.
The smuggler mafia is so powerful that the entire FBR bureaucracy is helpless against Haji Sadiq and the likes of him.
It may be mentioned here that Lahore is the only station in the country where Customs Preventive led by collector Basit Abbasi and Customs I&I led by Director Asad Raza Rizvi and Additional Collector Hasan Farid are jointly undertaking the anti-smuggling drive.