HYDERABAD: In an ongoing drive to thwart any attempts of smuggling of NCP vehicles and other contrabands through Quetta – Jacobabad – Punjab route, the concerned ASO units were put on high alert.
A specific information was received through Collector Hyderabad Sadiqullah to Additional Collector Asim Rehman that attempts would be made before Eid-ul-Fitr to smuggle high-end non duty paid luxury vehicles from Quetta to Punjab through Jacobabad and Larkana routes.
Accordingly different teams comprising of In-charges ASO Sukkur Senior Inspector Hashim Ali, ASO Jacobabad Manzoor Ahmed and Larkana were constituted under the supervision of Deputy Collector, Customs Tariq Hussain. Active liaison was also immediately established with Sindh Rangers for necessary assistance.
On 21.04.2022, the Customs ASO teams along with Sindh Rangers carried out several overnight intelligence based operations and took possession of the following 12 different NCP vehicles (including 05 luxury vehicles) seized from different locations.
1. Mercedes Benz (S Class, S-350) model:2009
2. Audi Car (A6), model: 2014
3. Toyota Crown Car, model: Nil
4. Toyota TZ Prado, model: 2005
5. Toyota Premio Car, model: 2012
6. Toyota Axio Car, model: 2006
7. Toyota Aqua Cars, model: 2013
8. Toyota Aqua Cars, model: 2013
9. Toyota Aqua Cars, model: 2011
10. Suzuki Alto Car, model: 2011
11. Suzuki Swift Car, model: 2012
12. Toyota Fielder Car, model: 2005-06
Besides a Toyota Corolla GLI Car (model: 2016 ) loaded with smuggled Indian Gutka and other miscellaneous items and Plastic Shoppers (Made in Iran) 550 Bags were also seized. The total estimated value the vehicles and goods is Rs. 79.00 million and the duty taxes are 88.00 million approximately.
Collector of Customs, Hyderabad, Dr. Sadiqullah Khan, lauded the efforts of the ASO units and congratulated the In-charge / supervisory officers on a remarkable achievement.
Further investigations are in progress and efforts are underway to arrest / apprehend the culprits and unscrupulous elements involved in organized smuggling of vehicles and goods.