HYDERABAD: Customs Intelligence and Investigation Regional Office Sukkur has seized large quantity of smuggled goods worth Rs33 million.
Information was passed through Faiz Ahmed Director General Islamabad to Saleem Memon Director I&I to the effect that huge quantity of non-duty paid/ smuggled scrap would be transported from Karachi to Gujranwala for further illegal disposal in the market.
Deputy Director Shakeel Ahmed formed a team comprising Saeed Farooqi superintendent Irshad Ali, Shah Muhammad and Fareed channa Intelligence officers Sukkur who launched surveillance, kept discreet watch and consequently intercepted a trailer near Rohri Toll Plaza, Sukkur, loaded with huge quantity of foreign origin Zinc Ingots, Aluminum Sheet and Copper & Brass Scrap. The possession holder/driver namely Muhammad Rehman produced bunch of transport bilties, however, could not produce legal import documents to discharge burden of proof of lawful possession.
In spite of lapse of stipulated period, neither documents were produced nor the possession holder or any person turned up to claim the goods and submit requisite documents. Notice under Section 26(2) of the Customs Act, 1969, was therefore, dispatched to the possession holder and the transport company for the production of documents. But the notice met same fate and was not responded.
The goods were seized, a case is lodged and investigation is underway.