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Pakistan Customs to destroy unverified mobile phones

ISLAMABAD: Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has directed Pakistan Customs to destroy mobile phones that are not verified by Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA).
The FBR on Thursday issued Customs General Order (CGO) No. 07/2018 to dispose of huge quantity of confiscated smuggled mobile phones in the wake of new regime when only PTA verified mobile phones would be active for phone networks operating in Pakistan.

Through the CGO, the FBR explained a procedure for disposing of confiscated mobile phones and their registration with PTA…read more

Customs Intelligence books many for obstructing performance of official duties

KARACHI: Customs Intelligence Karachi has booked Mohammad Parvez alias Waseem Tanoli, Imran Jaffar and several others for obstructing performance of official duties and snatching seized goods from Customs Intelligence staff.

Customs Intelligence & Investigation Karachi had received information that large quantity of smuggled mobile phones, I-pads and laptops are dumped at Sasi Arcade Block-7, Clifton. A team comprising Superintendent Ilyas Ahmed and Intelligence Officers Mohammad Sadiq, Anwar Fareed Faroqui, Ghulam Fareed, Aaqil Alam, Khayam Hussaini and others reached the spot.

One Imran Jaffar and other staff present at the premises could not provide legal import documents or evidence of legal possession of the goods in the office. Meanwhile, the office bearers of market association along with two dozen men reached the stop and start manhandling the officials .

The Customs officials managed to escape from the scene, while the inventory report and the smuggled goods at the premises were left there due to the law and order situation.

Tanoli is known for getting the dirty jobs done, which are otherwise not doable. Sources said Tanoli had connections with senior officers and his phone records are being obtained for further investigation.
Smuggled mobile phones and laptops etc worth billions are dumped at various markets but whenever authorities take any action these trade associations create law and order situation.

Customs Quetta seizes smuggled diesel

KARACHI: Customs staff Kolpur of Quetta Collectorate foiled an attempt to smuggle 65,000  liters Iranian diesel by seizing a 22 wheeler trailer.

As per the directions of FTO MCC Quetta continues raiding on illegal Iranian fuels and this latest seizing of huge quantity of fuel is the result of extra ordinary efforts initiated by MCC Quetta under the supervision of Collector Ashraf Ali.

Ashraf Ali has appreciated ADC Zubair shah DC Maqbool Baloch superintendents Maqsood Durani and Aslam khan and Kolpur custom check post in charge Ghulam Hussain Khoso and his team Inspectors Asghar Khan and Salaudin Khoso.

Moreover, 219 smuggled mobile phones of different brands such as Samsung , Motorolla and Sony X Peria were seized by Customs staff Lak pass by Inspectors Yousaf Notezai check post in charge, and Mosom khan and Fareed Rind.  Total value of seized goods is around Rs15 million.

Smuggled mobile phones seized from M/s E-Movers’ trailer

KARACHI: MCC Quetta ha seized a large number of smuggled mobile phones, which were hidden in the secret compartment in the trailer under the container. The vehicle No. TLE-271 is registered with bonded carrier M/s E-Movers.

Collector MCC Quetta Ashraf Ali had the information that attempt would be made to smuggle mobile phones into the country. The information was passed to Deputy Collector Maqbool Ahmed who along with Superintendents Saeed Ahmed Baloch, G.S Mangrio, Inspector Qurban hussain intercepted the said vehicle.

The container was removed with the help of a crane and secret compartments were discovered in the truck. These secret compartments were filled with mobile phones and batteries worth Rs1.43 million.

The vehicle was registered in the name of M/s E-Movers; it went to Afghanistan and was returning from Afghanistan loaded with mobile phones. FIR is lodged against the driver and owner of the vehicle while the driver has been arrested. Sources said that M/s E-movers would also be made part of the FIR and investigation would be carried out against them.

It may be mentioned here that Customs Appraisement South has been patronizing since long and the wrong doings of M/s E-Movers were covered up by the customs itself, because owner of M/s E-Movers Mansoor Sheikh is the brother of Chief Collector Abdul Rasheed Sheikh.

Sources said M/s E-Movers had been involved in a number of scams including the replacement of transshipment cargo. Sources added their involvement should be investigated and details of their registered vehicles can be taken from MCC Appraisement West. These vehicles can be inspected as according to sources these vehicles are purpose-made for smuggling.

An official said serious irregularities were going on in Customs Appraisement South and Directorate General of Customs Intelligence and despite several scams coming to the surface and evidence appearing on record, no action has been taken against the responsible officers of Customs Appraisement south and Directorate General of Customs Intelligence, which suggests that some very powerful quarters either in the government or otherwise are patronizing this dirt business that has caused huge irreparable loss to the national exchequer.

Sources said that the irregularities were on for the last over two years and the situation would continue to be the same until the general elections.

MCC Peshawar seizes smuggled mobile phones worth Rs5.0 million.

KARACHI: MCC Peshawar has seized 180 smart phones of Samsung and LG brands, which a passenger Mohammad Waqas Javed coming from Dubai attempted to smuggle into the country.

Information was received through Collector Peshawar Gul Rehman that attempt would be made to smuggle mobile phones. Subsequently, strict vigilance was kept at Bacha Khan International Airport.

The accused coming from Dubai via Emirates Airline was spotted and upon checking 180 mobile phones worth Rs5.0 million approximately were recovered from his luggage. A case has been lodged and investigations are under way.

Smuggled mobile phones, smart watches seized

KARACHI: MCC Preventive Lahore has made a huge seizure of smuggled mobile phones as four Mazda truck load of phones have been recovered from a warehouse of M/s Digicom located in Bahria Town Lahore.
Information was received from Chief Collector Central Zeba Hai Azhar about the presence of smuggled Qmobile phones. Collector Faiz Ahmed formed a team headed by additional collector.
Subsequently, the ASO team headed by Deputy Collector Naveed Ur Rehman searched the warehouse of M/s Digicom and recovered large quantity of smart watches, mobile phones and accessories worth Rs230 million. These goods were imported without payment of duty and taxes through illegal channels.
Earlier, Directorate General of Intelligence and Investigation Customs Lahore raided a warehouse in Lahore and recovered mobile phones (mostly Q mobile) and their accessories, as a countrywide crackdown against smuggled mobile phones is underway.
It may be recalled that MCC Preventive Karachi caught a container of mobile phones imported by M/s Digicom declared as LED lights and recovered over 60,000 Qmobile phones. Subsequently Directorate of Customs Intelligence & Investigation Karachi recovered a huge quantity of smuggled Qmobile phones owned by M/s Digicom and thereafter MCC Preventive Karachi made another seizure of smuggled mobile phones.
It was known that Director MCC Preventive Karachi Dr. Iftikhar along with Additional Collector Aamir Thiem, Deputy Collector Mohammad Faisal and ASO team are considering a campaign of raiding mobile malls and markets to recover smuggled goods. Meanwhile, Director I&I Karachi Samina Wajid along with Additional Director Ali Zaman Gardezi, Deputy Collector Shah Faisal and their team have reportedly initiated information gathering to identify warehouses and shops housing smuggled goods.
For the last two and a half year, Green Channel facility has served the primary benefactor of unscrupulous elements as a flood of high-value, high-tariff and even contrabands were cleared through green channel through mis-declaration causing a loss to the national exchequer.

Trucks load of smuggled mobile phones seized in Lahore

KARACHI: MCC Preventive Lahore has made a huge seizure of smuggled mobile phones as four Mazda truck load of phones have been recovered from a warehouse located in Bahria Town Lahore.

On the information of Collector Faiz Ahmed, MCC Preventive Lahore has made a historic seizure of mobile phones in Lahore.

Earlier, Directorate General of Intelligence and Investigation Customs Lahore raided a warehouse in Lahore and recovered mobile phones (mostly Q mobile) and their accessories, as a countrywide crackdown against smuggled mobile phones is underway.

It may be recalled that MCC Preventive Karachi caught a container of mobile phones imported by M/s Digicom declared as LED lights and recovered over 60,000 Qmobile phones. Subsequently Directorate of Customs Intelligence & Investigation Karachi recovered a huge quantity of smuggled Qmobile phones owned by M/s Digicom and thereafter MCC Preventive Karachi made another seizure of smuggled mobile phones.

It was known that Director MCC Preventive Karachi Dr. Iftikhar along with Additional Collector Aamir Thiem, Deputy Collector Mohammad Faisal and ASO team are considering a campaign of raiding mobile malls and markets to recover smuggled goods. Meanwhile, Director I&I Karachi Samina Wajid along with Additional Director Ali Zaman Gardezi, Deputy Collector Shah Faisal and their team have reportedly initiated information gathering to identify warehouses and shops housing smuggled goods.

For the last two and a half year, Green Channel facility has served the primary benefactor of unscrupulous elements as a flood of high-value, high-tariff and even contrabands were cleared through green channel through mis-declaration causing a loss to the national exchequer.

I&I Rawalpindi seizes smuggled mobile phones

KARACHI: Customs Intelligence Rawalpindi has seized 1,000 mobiles phones from flight PK-212 at Islamabad Airport and arrested two persons namely Waseem Akhtar and Shabana khatoon. Approximate value of the seized goods is Rs20 million.

The passengers were cleared by Customs staff of MCC Islamabad. However, acting upon information Deputy Director Shahid Jan along with his staff caught them along with smuggled mobile phones just after going out from Arrival hall

Their passports bear multiple visits through Islamabad Airport. As per their statement Customs staff of the Islamabad Collectorate were in league. More arrests are likely by Rawalpindi Customs Intelligence as investigations are underway.

An official said Customs was committed to root out smuggling, which was adversely affecting the national economy as well as a source of funding anti-social elements.

Customs Intelligence Quetta seizes smuggled mobile phones worth Rs20.9 million

KARACHI: Directorate of Customs Intelligence & Investigation Quetta has detained 950 smuggled mobile phones valuing Rs20.9 million involving duty and taxes of Rs10.45 million.

According to details, information was received that huge quantity of foreign origin smuggled mobile phones would be transported to down country.

Director Quetta Irfan Javed promptly reacted to the information and put a team comprising Intelligence Officer Shabbir Ahmed and sepoy Baz Mohammad on Quetta-Chaman road. Deputy Director Abdul Mueed, Superintendent Farid-ur-Din extended all support.

The staff of Directorate of Intelligence & Investigation Quetta intercepted a Toyota Hi-Ace van near Airport Chowk, Quetta-Chaman Road. The man on the steering seat introduced himself as Ameer Muhammad S/o Ali Muhammad. Cursory checking of the Toyota Hiace Van revealed the presence of smuggled mobile phones concealed beneath the rear seats of the vehicle.

Since through search of the vehicle was not possible on the spot, the same was detained and brought to the office of the Directorate of Intelligence & Investigation – FBR with the assistance of FC.

A thorough search was conducted in the presence of independent witnesses, which led to the recovery of 950 Mobile Phones.

Keeping in view the above mentioned facts, there are sufficient grounds to believe that the recovered foreign origin Mobile Phones are smuggled ones and have been brought into the country through illegal and un-authorized routes. Thus the foreign origin Mobile Phones along with Toyota Hiace Van have been seized after completing all legal formalities.

The seized mobile phones include Samsung S7 Edge, Samsung J5 (Prime/Pro), Samsung J7 (Pro/Prime/Max), Samsung C7, C9 Pro, Samsung Galaxy, Samsung Galaxy Grand prime, Samsung Galaxy S5, Olae XI and Motorolla.

The value of the seized mobile phones comes to Rs20.9 million while the value of vehicle is Rs1.0 million. the amount of duty and taxes involved is calculated to be Rs10.45 million.

Sources said Chaman border was closed but Noshki border was open and there was no Customs Intelligence Check Post at Noshki. The smugglers have switched the route from Chaman to Noshki and therefore Director Irfan Javed is keeping strict vigilance on the said route.

Customs ASO seizes smuggled mobile phones worth Rs10 million

  

KARACHI: Customs Anti-Smuggling Organization (ASO) has seized 638 smuggled mobile phones worth Rs10 million, which were being transported to Lahore from Peshawar via two passenger busses. One accused has also been arrested.

According to details, Customs authorities acting on the information intercepted two passenger buses of M/s Bilal Travels and recovered 638 mobile phones of a known brand, which were to be supplied to mobile dealers at Mall Road, Lahore.

The Customs team comprising of Superintendent NAsir Minhas, Deputy Superintendent Agha Qadeera and Inspectors Tariq Beg, Aijaz Butt and Gulzar Bhatti conducted the operation and arrested one Taj Wali. Investigations are underway to identify the party ordered supply of these smuggled mobile phones to Lahore.

Customs on alert: Influx of smuggled goods surge as Afghan border opened

KARACHI: Pakistan Customs has expedited its efforts against the movement of smuggled, non-duty paid goods, and in several operations, goods worth millions of rupees were seized. The influx of smuggled goods has surged after the Pakistan-Afghanistan border was opened.

Influx of smuggled goods has multi-pronged impacts on the country’s economy. On one hand the national exchequer is deprived of its legitimate revenue while on the other hand, local manufacturers and law-abiding importers come at a disadvantage. Moreover, money made from this dirty business fund anti-social and terrorist elements.

Quite recently, Directorate of Customs Intelligence & Investigation seized large quantity if smuggled goods worth Rs92 million. MCC Islamabad seized large quantity of smuggled mobile phones worth Rs7.0 million and MCC Quetta confiscated used/old tyres valuing Rs1.25 million.

On information of Mohammad Saleem Director I&I Peshawar, Directorate of Intelligence and investigation Deputy Director Khayal Mohammad intercepted three trucks, with the assistance of Peshawar Police, near entry point of Motorway M1. The trucks were going to Lahore from Khyber agency. Peshawar Police has been quite efficient and honest. The seized goods include cigarettes, gutka, refrigeration gas, window ACs, mobile phones 6900 and welding rods valuing Rs92 millions and that of trucks is Rs9.0 million.  This is the largest seizure of smuggled goods in recent history of the Directorate. Further investigation is underway to arrest the smuggling network operating in the region. It may be mentioned here that these goods landed at Port Bandar Abbas transported to Afghanistan and them smuggled into Pakistan.

Meanwhile, M/s Arsalam & Company, Taftan imported a consignment of old and used tyres from Iran and filed a Transshipment (TP) to NLC Dry Port. MCC Quetta refused the TP as the imported goods are in violation of Import Policy Order and seized the commodity worth Rs1.25 million.

Further, during the clearance of Shaheen Airline flight arrived at BBI Airport, Islamabad from Dubai, one porter namely Jehanzeb Siddiqui along with trolley carrying 03 suit cases and one carton came with a person namely Ahmed Bilal who claimed to be an employee of a government agency. When intercepted, he claimed that this baggage is of a senior officer who is awaiting delivery at Rawal Lounge. But he was diverted to the Customs Scanning Machine, the baggage was scanned which led to the recovery of 651 smart mobile phones, and the same were seized at the spot after proper documentation. Approximate market value of the seized mobile phones is Rs7.0 million.

The Customs has alerted Collector Quetta Saeed Jadoon, Collector Islamabad Arslan Subuctageen, Director ASO Karachi Tahir Qureshi, Collector Preventive Karachi Saifuddin Junejo, Collector Gwadar Feroz Alam Junejo, Deputy Director Inamullah Wazir and others to keep strict vigil on the movement of smuggled goods.

ASO Lahore recovers smuggled goods worth Rs4 million

 

LAHORE: The Anti Smuggling Organization (ASO), MCC Preventive Lahore recovered around 90 foreign origin latest model smuggled LED TVs.

According to details, upon receipt of an information the Collector MCC Preventive Zulfiqar Younas  constituted a team under the Supervision of the Additional Collector Nayyer Shafiq led by the Assistant Collector (ASO) Lahore Muhammad Asim Awan.

The said team included Inspectors Irfan Mumtaz and Aslam Iqbal and Sepoys Ghulam Dastgir, Turab Hussain, Muhammad Yasin and others intercepted a vehicle Ford having Reg No W- 1210 (NWFP) near Faizpur Interchange of M-2.

Upon checking Foreign Origin Smuggled LED TVs of latest models were found concealed within vegetable crates. The LED TVs were being transported in the garb of vegetables. Total Quantity of the LED TVs is 82 and include 65inches 70 inches, 42 inches and 32 inches LED TV of Sony Bravia and Samsung Brands. Value of the seized goods is estimated to be Rs4 million approximately.

Two individuals namely Shina s/o Usman Jan and Zahid Hussain S/o Taj Muhammad have been taken into custody for further investigation

According to preliminary investigation the recovered goods were loaded from Peshawar to be supplied to electronics markets in Lahore.

Earlier in October in a similar action the ASO Lahore had seized Foreign Origin Smuggled Mobile Phones 3300 Nos also concealed within vegetable crates.