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Customs, LEAs join hands against smugglers

Customs, LEAs join hands against smugglers

KARACHI: A joint operation has been launched against illegally-constructed petrol pumps along with the Northern Bypass in order to comply with the directives of Supreme Court regarding the joint efforts against smuggled and contraband goods.

This was revealed by Collector Model Customs Collectorate (MCC) Preventive S M Tariq Huda while addressing a press conference at Custom House.

Apprising the details of the operation, the Collector MCC Preventive said that Pakistan Customs has launched an operation with the collaboration of other law-enforcement agencies (LEAs) including Pakistan Rangers, District Administration, Sindh Police and Municipal Commissioner and demolished 48 illegally-constructed petrol pumps, removed illegally-installed machinery and seized thousands of litters of smuggled POL products.

Huda further informed the media that a Central Control Room (CCR) was established at Customs House, Karachi and different operational teams have started field operations.

“Number of meetings have also been arranged by the Attorney General (AG) of Pakistan which were attended by FBR Chairman, Pakistan Rangers, DG Anti-Narcotics Force, DG Pakistan Coast Guard, DG Maritime Security Agency and Chief Secretary Sindh with a view to initiate coordinated efforts against illegal movement of contraband goods”, he added.

On the occasion, Collector MCC Preventive S M Huda reiterated that the operations of all the agencies are being continued against the smugglers till the final target is not yet achieved.