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Customs Court sends suspected betel nuts smugglers on physical remand

Customs Court sends suspected betel nuts smugglers on physical remand

KARACHI: The Customs Court sent suspects namely Baz Muhammad son of Malik Abdul Qayyum and Abdul Jabbar son of Muhammad Yousaf, who were booked in a case of attempting to smuggle non-duty paid betel nuts and other contraband goods, to Pakistan Coast Guards on physical remand.

On October 19, 2018, investigation officer produced them before the court and informed that on actionable information, a team of Pakistan Coast Guards intercepted a Hino truck bearing registration number TKG-250. On query, suspect Baz Muhammad said that he is driver of the said truck and coming from Quetta having legal goods.

He submitted that however, during the search, Pakistan Coast Guards’ officials found 10,900 kilograms betel nuts, 2000 packets gutka and other contraband goods and they failed to produce any lawful documents, therefore, after fulfillment of legal formalities, both suspects were arrested and goods were also taken in possession.

He argued that prosecution needs further investigations from both suspects; therefore, court may send them on physical remand. After his arguments, court sent them to prosecution for physical remand and directed investigation officer to produce them on next date of hearing. Case was registered for violation of under Section 2 16 (s) (1) (8) (89) Customs Act 1969.