KARACHI: The Directorate of Intelligence and Investigation (I&I) Karachi has busted a major smuggling racket and recovered a huge quantity of foreign-origin goods worth Rs261 million from a private school near Yousuf Goth. The smuggled goods included food items, electronic items, and RFID tracking seals.

Speaking at a press conference Engineer Habib, Additional Directors Afzaal Wattoo, Nausheen Faisal Khan, Deputy Director Wasif Malik, Inamullah Wazir, Assistant Director Saud Hasan, Superintendent ASO Irshad Shah informed information was received that a huge quantity foreign-origin goods have been smuggled and the same have been dumped/stored in a godown at the premises of Al-Ahmed Public School, Yousaf Goth, Karachi.

A team of Customs staff along with the local police and Pakistan Rangers visited the school building. The search of the premises where miscellaneous foreign origin smuggled goods including food items, Black pepper, Almonds, Tea, Coconut, Peanuts, Poppy seeds, dry milk powder along with RFID Tracking seals, electronic and other miscellaneous items etc were found packed in the cartons, bags, rolls and jute bags.

The godown keeper Zain ul Abedeen was asked to produce lawful import documents in respect of the found goods but he failed to produce any lawful documents.

An FIR is lodged and investigations are underway.

An official said recovery of tracking seals was a major discovery as these seals were used for Transit Trade containers. An investigation is also launched into the matter.

Authorities have launched an unprecendented anti-smuggling campaign wherein all security and enforcement forces are under the supervision of Customs on the directives of COAS Asim Munir, while monitoring is done by a sensitive army agency.