MULTAN: The customs intelligence, Dera Ghazi Khan Police and Border Military Police (BMP) have decided to enhance cooperation to curb smuggling from the Balochistan-Punjab border.
A meeting was held in Dera Ghazi Khan in this regard. The meeting discussed strategy to tackle smuggling in DG Khan and adjoining areas. The meeting took various decisions to increase cooperation between the departments.
The police and Customs Intelligence and Investigation vowed to flush out smugglers. DG Khan Commissioner Saqib Aziz presided over the meeting. Customs Intelligence Additional Director Nisar Ahmad, District Police Officer Ghulam Mubasahar Maken, Political Assistant Shahid Mehboob and District Coordination Officer Nadeemur Rehman were also present.
During the meeting, the Customs Intelligence and Investigation offered to establish a check post in the tribal areas to counter smuggling.
The DG Khan administration proposed Customs Intelligence and Investigation to establish a check post in the tribal areas to keep a check on smuggling of vehicles and other goods into Punjab.
Nisar also proposed to establish a check point near Sakhi Sarwar Road for effective monitoring.
The BMP will inform the customs intelligence regarding smuggled vehicles.
Non-customs paid vehicles will be seized by the BMP and will inform the customs intelligence. The customs authorities will collect and verify data of Amnesty Scheme for imported vehicles.
During the meeting, it was also discussed that some BMP officials were also involved in smuggling of vehicles.
The BMP assured the meeting that strict action would be taken against those who assist smugglers.
Nisar Ahmad told the DG Khan commissioner that non-customs paid vehicles or goods were using tribal areas to enter southern Punjab.
Taunsa police were ordered to take action as smugglers use Koh-e-Sulemani and Taunsa paths to smuggle goods into southern Punjab.