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Customs Court sends two foreign currency ‘smugglers’ to jail on remand

Customs Court sends two foreign currency ‘smugglers’ to jail on remand

RAWALPINDI: The Customs Court has sent two suspects to Adiala Jail on judicial remand for their alleged involvement in foreign currency smuggling.

During the hearing at the Customs Taxation and Anti-Smuggling Court, Investigation Officer of Customs Inspector Aslam produced the accused named Ghulam Dastagir and Inayat Khan before the court and submitted that an FIR has been lodged against them.

He said that the suspects have been allegedly involved in illegal transfer of money through an airplane at New Islamabad International Airport (NIIAP) under the jurisdiction of modal Customs Collectorate. He said the court earlier had granted two days physical remand of accused during which the customs have recovered Rs 30.86 million from the accused.

He sought five more days of remand of the accused. However, the judge has rejected the plea of Customs Inspector and sent the two accused to Adiala Jail on 14-days of judicial remand.

Judge Arshad Hussain Bhutta also ordered the Customs Inspector to trace and arrest the other accused. On last Friday, a team of Customs officials, led by Additional Collector Customs Ayesha Wani, foiled a bid to smuggle foreign currency valuing Rs 30.86 million at NIIAP and arrested two passengers who were trying to fly to Dubai via flight number PK-233. A case has been registered against the accused.