QUETTA:  In continuation with FBR’s policy of crackdown against the smuggling and based on the specific directions of the DG Customs Intelligence Mr. Faiz Ahmed Chadhar and under the supervision of Director I&I, Quetta Ch. Muhammad Javaid the Directorate of I&I, Quetta has framed seizures worth Rs419.7 million in March, 2023 intercepting non-duty paid vehicles, diesel, copper wire scrap, drugs (4.5 kg ICE & 40 kg hashish) etc.

It’s after two years that the Directorate surpassed Rs400 million seizure value in a single month. The Directorate has so far made cases of worth Rs1.88 billion by exceeding last fiscal year’s total value of seizures of Rs1.83 billion.

A number of these operations were carried out in law & order sensitive areas such as Nushki, by the staff of the Directorate on their own initiative.

Anti-smuggling operations are a crucial aspect of law enforcement and national security efforts, aimed at preventing the illegal import or export of goods and substances across borders. These operations involve a range of measures and techniques, including surveillance, intelligence gathering, interdiction, and prosecution.

Smuggling can involve a wide range of illicit goods, including drugs, weapons, counterfeit currency, and endangered species. It can also involve human trafficking, which is a serious human rights violation and a major concern for anti-smuggling operations.

Governments and law enforcement agencies around the world have established specialized units and task forces to combat smuggling. These units are often composed of highly trained and experienced personnel, including law enforcement officers, intelligence analysts, and forensic experts.

One of the key components of anti-smuggling operations is intelligence gathering. This involves collecting and analyzing information about smuggling networks, including their methods of operation, key players, and financial transactions. Intelligence can be gathered through a range of methods, including surveillance, informants, and data analysis.

Interdiction is another important aspect of anti-smuggling operations. This involves physically intercepting smuggled goods and apprehending those involved in the smuggling. Interdiction can take place at ports of entry, such as airports and seaports, as well as along land borders and at other locations.

In some cases, anti-smuggling operations may involve cooperation and collaboration between different agencies and countries. This can include sharing intelligence, joint operations, and extradition of suspects.

The effectiveness of anti-smuggling operations can depend on a range of factors, including the resources and capabilities of law enforcement agencies, the level of cooperation between different agencies and countries, and the nature and scope of the smuggling operations. Nonetheless, anti-smuggling operations remain an essential tool for maintaining law and order, protecting national security, and combating organized crime.