KARACHI: Information was passed through Director General I&I Faiz Ahmed to Director I&I Karachi Engineer Habib that huge quantity of banned items comprising of foreign origin “Boostin Injections”, are being carried by a person in a box at a dark spot near Regent Plaza Hotel, Shahrah-e-Faisal, Karachi, for its delivery to an unknown person for illegal disposal in the city.

Pursuant to the aforesaid information, Additional Director Nausheen Riaz formed ASO team led by Deputy Director Inamullah Wazir, who approached the spot where, a huge quantity of “Boostin Injections” were found properly wrapped with plastic sheets, whereas, one person namely Muhammad Ali looked after the same at the spot.

On query from the said person namely Muhammad Ali in presence of witnesses pertaining to the aforesaid placed foreign origin Boostin Injections, to which, the said person claimed the ownership of the said foreign origin Boostin Injections and disclosed that his partner namely Mustafa Sikandar S/o Muhammad Sikandar handed over the aforesaid foreign origin Boostin Injections to him.

He informed that Mustafa organizes the whole system of smuggling of the injections from different countries to Pakistan. Muhammad All informed that he supplies the injections to vets and other persons. On demand, the said person/owner of placed recovered goods namely Muhammad Ali could not answer satisfactorily and failed to produce any relevant legal documents in support of lawful import/possession.

A total of 5,105 pieces of injection were seized. An FIR is lodged and investigations are underway.

Boostin is a brand name for recombinant bovine somatotropin (rbST), a genetically engineered hormone that is used to increase milk production in dairy cows. When injected into cows, rbST increases the amount of milk they produce by about 15-20%.

There are a number of potential harmful effects of giving boostin injections to milk-giving cattle. It impacts the quality of milk which increases risk of reproductive problems, such as infertility and abortions as well as increased risk of antibiotic resistance.