LAHORE: Directorate of Customs Intelligence and Investigation (I&I) team successfully foiled a bid to smuggle huge quantity of foreign origin cloth which was being smuggled in a medicine supply vehicle. The market value of seized cloth is Rs25 million.
Sources told Customs Today, Director General Customs Intelligence and Investigation Shaukat Ali received credible information about some smuggling attempts. He immediately constituted a Customs I&I team under the supervision of Additional Director Mohammad Mumtaz Ali Raza Khan, Deputy Director Usman Tariq which also includes Superintendent Saleemullah Khan, Intelligence Officer Zulfiqar Dogar, Agha Sultan Haider, Nadeem Ahsan, Sohail Murtaza.
The above mentioned customs team established check points on main entry and exit points of the city and started checking of vehicles. The team intercepted a vehicle ad during checking recovered foreign origin cloth measuring 97,725 yards of cloth. During initial investigations it was revealed that the seized cloth were being supplied to a trader of Azam Cloth Market.
The customs team asked the driver and his two companions to produce any legal documents regarding import and possession of the above mentioned cloth but they remained failed to produce any relevant legal documents. After their failure Customs team seized the entire cloth and registered a case of smuggling against the accused persons under customs laws.
It is necessary to mention here that Director General Customs Intelligence and Investigations Shaukat Ali directed all anti smuggling squads who are performing their duties in fields to adopt zero tolerance policy towards smuggling.