FBR foils smuggling attempt under diplomatic cover
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s tax authorities have foiled an attempt to smuggle high value electronic items in the name of the Nigerian High Commission in Islamabad and seized a consignment worth millions of rupees.
PPP’s dissenting leader Dr Zulfiqar Mirza recently leveled charges against the MQM leadership regarding thousands of ISAF/Nato containers that went missing when Babar Ghauri was Minister for Ports and Shipping. Dr Mirza had suggested that there was a possibility that arms and ammunition were being smuggled through these containers.
In one of its biggest achievement, Customs Intelligence has foiled an attempt to smuggle high value electronic items under diplomatic cover. The Directorate General Intelligence & Investigation FBR received information that high value items were being imported as diplomatic consignments in the names of embassies and then smuggled into the country. In pursuance of information to the effect that an attempt would be made to smuggle high value electronic items in the name of the Nigerian High Commission Islamabad from UAE, the Karachi office of the Directorate General raided a warehouse situated in Mehran Town, Korangi, Karachi at about 2.30am Thursday morning and seized a 40 ft container No HDMU 6359875 from which foreign origin LCDs, car CD, DVD players, cosmetics, body sprays, water dispensers, perfumes, cloth etc were being de-stuffed. This diplomatic consignment was declared foodstuff in the name of the Nigerian High Commission Islamabad and cleared through MCC, PaCCS (Pakistan Customs Computerized System) Karachi.
The unscrupulous persons involved in the crime strongy resisted the raiding party, but three persons were finally arrested on the spot. Raids are now underway to arrest the clearing agent.
The seized goods are valued at Rs10 million on which an amount of Rs8 million is leviable in the shape of import duty and taxes. An FIR is being lodged and investigation against the accused persons including customs staff is in progress.