QUETTA: In compliance with the directives given by the Supreme Court in CP No. 77/2010 for seizing smuggled goods, Model Customs Collectorate Quetta’s Anti-Smuggling Establishment and Frontier Corps Balochistan have chalked out a comprehensive strategy for seizing contraband/smuggled goods. Terms of engagement between the two agencies have been worked out, putting the mechanism of assistance in place.
A successful Joint Operation of Quetta Collectorate and Frontier Corps Balochistan was carried out by Assistant Collector Preventive Amanullah Tareen and Lt. Col. Irfan the other day which resulted in seizure of four oil tankers loaded with 120,000 litres of high speed diesel and five buses and trucks loaded with contraband goods. Market value of the seized goods stands at Rs 35 million.
The seized goods include tyres, tiles, grease, detergent powder, cloth, cigarettes, mobil oil, tea, vegetable oil, blankets and cylinders. The seizures were made near Lakpass in Quetta. These goods were being smuggled from Iran.
It is noteworthy to mention that Supreme Court has recently highlighted the issue of smuggling of Iranian diesel contending that smuggling of POL products is causing a colossal loss to national exchequer. Smuggling of POL products from coastal belt of Balochistan including Gwadar and Jiwani continues unabated.
Assistant Collector Preventive Amanullah Tareen thanked Frontier Corps Balochistan for extending assistance to Quetta Collectorate and making this historic seizure possible. He further added that now through inter-agency coordination, volume of smuggling in Balochistan will be reduced to a great extent.