Hangu: Flour smuggling bid foiled
Hangu: Police foiled an attempt to smuggle flour to Afghanistan and recovered 1,420 bags of different sizes from five vehicles during checking on Thall road on Sunday, official sources said. The police had set up a checkpoint on the main road on a tip-off that smugglers would send a consignment of flour to Thall for supply to Afghanistan through Kurram Agency.
The vehicles were carrying 1,260 49-kilogramme bags and 160 80-kilogramme bags. The police seized the commodity and arrested the drivers. Cases have been registered against them. The vehicles included two trucks (PRS-7392 and PRK-4515), a bus (Peshawar-K-9092), a mini-truck (PRD-4774) and a Toyota pick-up (KT-9730).
The sources said the smuggling took place through unfrequented routes and the police received Rs15,000 from each truck at Thall border, they said, adding that the vehicles entering NWFP from Punjab were charged Rs6,000 per truck. The sources revealed that the smugglers paid extra amount to the border security forces while bringing back the flour from Afghanistan to the tribal areas.