LAHORE: Collectorate of Customs Preventive team deputed at Allama Iqbal international Airport foiled an attempt to smuggle millions of rupees foreign currency to China.
Official sources told Customs Today said that on suspicion the customs authorities questioned a passenger, Imtiaz Jillani if he was travelling with anything illegal but he replied in negative.
The authorities, however, said that when the luggage of the passenger was searched thoroughly they discovered $25,000 and 2,035 Yuans from his belongings.
The sources said that the currency was recovered from the passenger in presence of two witnesses and impounded it in the name of the state while the accused was also arrested.
It was said that the passenger was travelling from Lahore to China via Bangkok. He was holding a brief case and some other luggage and the currency was hidden in the luggage.
The customs authorities after arresting the accused registered FIR under Customs Act 1969 and also impounded the currency.
The FIR was registered by the customs authorities on the petition filed by Inspector Nadeem Iqbal Salimi.
Sources told that the newly appointed Collector of Customs Faiz Ahmed has issued strict instructions for the staff appointed at the airport to be vigilant of the smuggling activities and adopt zero tolerance against any kind of smuggling.
They said that acting upon the instructions the customs airport authorities have increased vigilance against the smuggling through the airport.