QUETTA: Customs Quetta has seized smuggled goods worth Rs2.96 billion across Baluchistan in three months on the directives of Federal Board of Revenue (FBR).

Customs is also seizing vehicles used for smuggling items. The seized goods include cosmetics, tyres, dry fruit, dry milk, juice, welding equipment, clothes, auto parts and betel nut etc.

Besides, other prohibited items have also been seized. The proceeds from the early auction of seized goods would be deposited in the national exchequer.

531 non-customs duty paid goods have also been seized while taking effective measures to curb smuggling across the province.

The official said several containers of smuggled goods had been seized and were shifted to the Customs warehouse.

Action will be taken against the smugglers who had brought non-customs duty paid goods inside the country and no concession would be given to anyone, as the authorities are trying to get the people to bring the goods into the country by paying customs duty instead of smuggling them. This will not only benefit them, but also bring revenue to the government.

Influx of terrorists and rogue elements from Afghanistan has stopped after Taliban took control of Afghanistan. Now, the security agencies as well as law enforcement agencies are trying hard to cut funding of the sleeper cells already in Pakistan.

An official said that with curbs and controls in place, such elements in the country can only get funding from smugglers, which is already established fact.

Customs Quetta team led by Collector Irfan Javed, Additional Collector Umar Shafique and Deputy Collector Akbar Jan is the best in the world and has consistently delivered, that is the reason Irfan Javed was retained as Collector Quetta.