ISLAMABAD: Directorate of Customs Intelligence and Investigation has seized a non duty paid smuggled foreign origin used vehicle Toyota Mark X, 300-G Premium car worth Rs2 million.
According to details on tip off received from informer the anti smuggling team which includes intelligence officer Maqbool Ahmad and IO Shahid Majeed with sepoy Aftab Khan intercepted a non duty paid smuggled Toyota Mark X, car bearing registration fake plate no. PL 271 (ICT) Islamabad having chassis no GRX1211 1005861, Model 2007 (3000 CC) near Aabpara, Islamabad.
The vehicle was signaled to stop but driver of vehicle did not care the signal and accelerated the speed of the vehicle. The staff chased the said vehicle at some distance the driver parked the said vehicle on road side and fled away from the scene.
Despite hectic efforts the staff could not trace out the driver, so the vehicle was taken into the custody in presence of the witnesses. No import record exists as per import data of vehicle available with directorate.
Nobody appeared in the office of Rawalpindi Directorate nor produced any legal import and auction documents respect of recovered vehicle. Therefore non duty paid smuggled vehicle Toyota Mark X, under the section 168 of Customs Act, 1969, being smuggled one for violation of section 2 (s) and 16 of the Customs Act, 1969. The appraised value of Toyota Mark X is Rs1.1 million while evaded duty and taxes amount is Rs0.893 million.