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Customs foils bids to smuggle liquor, diesel and LPG

By Our Correspondent
March 01, 2024
Representational image of the Pakistan Customs Collectorate Enforcement. — APP File
Representational image of the Pakistan Customs Collectorate Enforcement. — APP File

Personnel of the Pakistan Customs Collectorate Enforcement have foiled a bid to smuggle liquor, HSD and LPG worth Rs163 million.

Syed Irfan Ali, a spokesman for the customs, said on Wednesday that in continuation of the Collectorate’s counter-smuggling drive, the collector of customs, Collectorate of Customs Enforcement, Karachi, Basit Maqsood Abbasi, Deputed Deputy Collector Syed Muhammad Raza Naqvi, and Assistant Collector Shahzad Ali of the Anti-Smuggling Organization issued directives to thwart an attempt to transport a huge quantity of smuggled liquor from Karachi to upcountry.

In pursuance of the information, Anti-Smuggling Organization, posted at the Customs Super Highway Choke Point, intercepted a dumper loaded with bottles of high-end foreign origin smuggled liquor on the intervening night of February 27 and 28 at around 3am on the Super Highway near DHA City.

The driver of the vehicle ran away taking advantage of the darkness. Detailed examination was carried out which led to the recovery of 3,036 bottles of smuggled liquor of assorted brands. An FIR in the case is being lodged.

Moreover, the AntiSmuggling Organization seized huge quantities of smuggled HSD brought under the garb of Liquefied Petroleum Gas in two LPG bowsers during the last three days. Moreover, one tanker containing smuggled HSD was also seized on Tuesday. The goods have been seized under Section 168 of the Customs Act, 1969, and a notice under Section 171 ibid has been issued, accordingly. The market value of the goods is Rs163.84 million.