ISLAMABAD: The Anti-Smuggling Organization (ASO) Islamabad took into possession a Mazda truck, fully loaded with smuggled cumin and various kinds of dry fruits valued at Rs3.00million. The truck was coming from Khyber Pakhtoon Khawa (KPK) and impounded at Islamabad Motorway Toll Plaza.
According to details given by Ansir Aneis, Deputy Collector ASO, Model Customs Collectorate (MCC) Islamabad, that, on a tip-off received through Collector MCC Islamabad Dr Arslan, that some notorious people are out to smuggle a huge quantity of smuggled goods. The ASO formed a squad led by Customs Superintendent Arif Dar and Inspector Abdul Hafeez who set up a picket near Islamabad Motorways and intercepted the Mazda truck with registration No: RIS-1816.
The ASO squad asked the driver to provide the documents to ascertain the legal import of the goods however the owner of the goods failed to provide any proof.
Deputy collector, after initial investigation, impounded the truck loaded with hundreds of kilogram of cumin and dry fruits. The total value of the confiscated goods is Rs2.0million. The financial worth of the offending truck is Rs1.00million.
The ASO took into possession the goods and truck under the Smuggling Act. After lodging an FIR against smugglers, the case has been forwarded to the Investigation and Prosecution (I&P) Department for further proceeding.
Deputy Collector ASO told Customs Today that the Customs Department has adopted a zero tolerance policy against smugglers.