ISLAMABAD: Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has accorded special anti-smuggling  powers to Frontier Corps [FC) in Baluchistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Pakistan Rangers officers already enjoy such powers.

For prevention of smuggling of essential items, FC officers will perform the functions of Customs officers in the bordering districts of Balochistan adjoining Afghanistan including within city municipal limits and highways in the province of Baluchistan including: M-8; N-10; N-25; N-30; N-40; N-50; N-65; N-70; and N-85.

Pakistan Rangers and Frontier Corps are two paramilitary federal law enforcement corps in Pakistan that operate in different provinces and have different headquarters. They are part of the Civil Armed Forces and are usually commanded by officers from the Pakistan Army.

The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) granted anti-smuggling powers to Pakistan Rangers and Frontier Corps stationed in Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhawa to carry out coordinated operations against the smugglers in the border areas 2. The officers of these corps can exercise powers of the Customs Act 1969 to search, seize, arrest and summon suspected persons carrying smuggled goods.