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Apex court seeks detailed report on arms import from Customs

Apex court seeks detailed report on arms import from Customs

KARACHI: A three judges’ bench of the Supreme Court, headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, has sought detailed report from Customs officials about last 3- year imports of arms through sea ports.

The bench while hearing Karachi law and order case ordered the Customs officials to submit the report before the bench on Friday (today).

The bench remarked that extra ordinary measures are required to maintain peace in the city and all government functionaries are responsible for it.

The bench observed that the ‘black money’ gotten from narcotics, smuggling of different items has a major role in disturbing peace and affecting economic activities in the commercial hub of the country and ordered indiscriminate action against the elements involved in it.

It was observed that police and rangers during raids recovered huge quantity of illegal weapons from the city while back-up support from federal institutions like Customs, Anti-Narcotic Force, Coast Guards and Federal Board of Revenue is required for bringing more improvement in the situation.

The bench took notice of smuggling of petrol and diesel into Karachi and observed that it is also a big source of ‘black money’ and ordered that all concerned organisations of the federal government should chalk out a joint strategy to control it and clean the city of illegal weapons.