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Customs Court approves bail of suspects booked in betel nuts smuggling case

Customs Court approves bail of suspects booked in betel nuts smuggling case

KARACHI: The Customs Court granted bail to suspect namely Asmat Ullah son of Abdul Ghafar and Abdul Ahad son of Dad Muhammad, who were booked in a case of attempting to smuggle 11,250 kilogram  non-duty paid betel nuts and other goods from Quetta to Karachi.

On October 01, 2018, counsel for the suspects moved bail applications and submitted that his clients are innocent and were falsely been implicated in this case, who are ready to submitting surety and will appear each and every date of hearing, therefore, court may grant them bail.

After the hearing, court granted them bail against the surety of Rs100,000 each and directed them to appear before the court on next date of hearing.

Earlier, Investigation Officer Hafiz Muhammad Amir, informed the court that they have received credible information that some culprits are trying to smuggle betel nuts and other goods from Quetta to Karachi, therefore, Pakistan Coast Guards’ team reached Super Highway Road for surveillance.

He submitted that on September 05, 2018 around 3 pm officials intercepted a Hino truck bearing registration number TKS 870 and directed the above-mentioned accused for search. He said that during the search, Coast Guards recovered above-mentioned goods from the said truck and accused were asked to produce documents of said goods; however, they failed to produce any lawful documents.

Investigation officer further informed that Asmat Ullah is resident of Kali Barat old Chaman district Qilla Abdullah and Abdul Ahad is resident of Murda Caraiz Post Office Chaman District Qilla Abdullah and they were trying to smuggle said goods from Quetta to Karachi. He submitted that after the formalities, both accused were arrested and said goods were also taken into custody.

According to the prosecution, case was registered for violation of under Section 2 (s) punishable under Section 156 (1) (8) (89) and 157 of the Customs Act, 1969.