In a decisive move to combat the persistent issue of smuggling, the Government of Pakistan has taken a significant step by entrusting the Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) Police with anti-smuggling powers under the Customs Act, 1969. This strategic decision was detailed in a directive issued on April 26, 2024, by the Ministry of Interior, emphasizing the need for a robust anti-smuggling drive across the nation.

The Prime Minister has been vocal about the urgency of addressing smuggling, issuing directives to ensure stringent measures are in place. The ICT Police, recognized for their capacity to perform anti-smuggling duties within their jurisdiction, are now poised to join forces with Pakistan Customs to tackle this challenge effectively.

This move follows the Federal Board of Revenue’s earlier decision to confer similar powers to other security forces, including the Pakistan Rangers, Frontier Corps Balochistan, Frontier Corps Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, and Pakistan Coast Guards, as per the S.R.O No.901(I)/2023 and S.R.O No. 903(I)/2023 dated July 7, 2023.

The collaboration between the ICT Police and Pakistan Customs is expected to bolster the country’s anti-smuggling initiatives, reflecting the government’s commitment to safeguarding the economy and ensuring law and order. The Ministry of Interior’s directive has been disseminated to relevant authorities, marking a new chapter in Pakistan’s fight against smuggling.