KARACHI: Customs Enforcement Karachi has seized large quantity of smuggled Irani fuel and seized carrier vehicles, as the Collectorate has expedited anti-smuggling activities. The seized quantity of fuel – 94,000 liters – and vehicles are valued at Rs 38 million approximately. Two FIRs have also been lodged.

An official said Member Customs Mukaram Jah Ansari and Chief Collector Yaqoob Mako had introduced certain changes in Customs Enforcement Karachi as highly reputed officers including Collector Aamir Thaim, Additional Collector Amanullah Tareen and Amjad Rajper and Deputy Collector Muhammad Tariq were posted.

On the directives of Collector Aamir Thaim, Additional Collector ASO Amjad Rajper and Deputy Collector Muhammad Tariq initiated the crackdown against the organized network involved in smuggling of Iranian origin Diesel/Petrol in particular and other smuggled goods in general.

In addition to above FIRs, during last 20 days the Anti-smuggling Organization of the Collectorate operating at different places has seized huge quantities of Iranian Origin Diesel, Non-duty paid smuggled vehicles, essential commodities and other miscellaneous merchandise. The details are as under: Diesel/Petrol Unearthing the new mods operandi of concealment, the Collectorate during the period under discussion intercepted 14 transporting oil tankers containing 262,247 liters of Iranian origin Diesel/Petrol. The recovered diesel /petrol along with transporting vehicles have been seized.

As many as 21 Non-Duty Paid Smuggled vehicles including luxury cars & jeeps valuing Rs 209 million have been seized during the above period.

Moreover, the Collectorate has increased vigilance on the movement of essential commodities in order to thwart any possibility of smuggling of these commodities out of Pakistan. Resultantly, the two cases of sugar concealed in secret cavities of buses have been detected and seized. At the same time, the Collectorate is not oblivious to any chance of hardship caused to the genuine and bonafide transportation of these essential commodities to the bordering areas of Pakistan. Therefore, due diligence is being carried out in checking and verifying the permits issued by District Administrations of these Districts.

In addition to above, the Collectorate has seized huge quantity of other smuggled commodities which include Pan Parag, Gutka, Cosmetics, Plastic Dana, Cigarettes, Almonds, Soap, Dry Milk Powder. Total worth of abovementioned seized smuggled goods during last 20 days amounts to Rs 792 million. 05 FIRs have been registered and 06 Persons have been arrested. Further investigation is underway.