Customs Quetta seizes smuggled goods worth Rs87 million

QUETTA: Customs Quetta has seized various smuggled goods along with the transporting vehicles, as the authorities have expedited the anti-smuggling drive.

In two separate cases at Lakpas and Noshki, Customs Quetta has seized smuggled goods and transporting vehicles worth a total of Rs87 million.

The seized goods include blankets, crockery, auto parts, cosmetics, Chinese salt and tyres.

On the diretcives of Collector Irfan Javed, Additional Collector Yasir Kalwar and Deputy Collectors Akbar Jan and Dr. Zohaib have expedited their efforts against smuggling.

An official said FBR’s anti-smuggling campaign got a boost with Taliban taking control of Afghanistan. The official said Taliban had also taken control of the borders and they were supporting the anti-smuggling campaign.

An official said smuggling cast multiple challenges for a country’s economy as well as security, adding that certain foreign-supported terrorist groups were targeting Chinese nationals to derail CPEC. “These anti-social elements and terrorist elements are funded by the money made with smuggling and drugs”.

“Since foreign funding is stopped due to tight anti-money laundering regulations, these smugglers facilitate such elements”.

The official said Taliban government in the neighbouring country was a positive development for Pakistan adding smuggling would be reduced and terrorism will be ended and revenue loss to national exchequer would be curbed going forward.

 

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