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Dr Arslan’s Peshawar Customs Intelligence accelerates anti-smuggling operations

Dr Arslan’s Peshawar Customs Intelligence accelerates anti-smuggling operations

PESHAWAR: Under the supervision of Dr Arslan Subuctageen, Director Intelligence and Investigation (I&I), Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK), recovered narcotics worth millions of rupees from a passenger car on G.T. Road, District Nowshera on Tuesday.

According to details, the department has accelerated campaign against smuggling after joining of Dr Arslan Subuctageen as Director I&I, KPK. On a tip-off that a sizeable quantity of narcotics would be smuggled from tribal areas to Punjab in a Toyota Corolla car, Deputy Director Wajid Ali constituted a raiding team.

In pursuance of the said information, the staff of Directorate of Customs Intelligence Peshawar set up a check post near Tarnab G.T. Road District Peshawar. The suspected car was spotted coming from Peshawar side, it was signalled to stop but the driver ignored the signal and sped away.

On chasing, the driver abandoned his vehicle bearing No. LEA-09-2241 and succeeded to flee in the residential area. The vehicle was shifted to Peshawar I&I office where officials searched the car and found 14.5kg foreign smuggled charas tactfully concealed in the back seat of car. The estimated value of the seized narcotics and vehicle is around Rs 2.7 million.

FIR No 25/2018 has been lodged against un-known driver/persons and further investigation is underway.

Meanwhile, Director I&I Dr. Arslan Subuctageen told Customs Today while giving an exclusive interview that the I&I KPK is working with full confidence under his command to curb the notorious elements involved in various illicit activities of Non-Duty-Paid (NDP) vehicles and smuggling of different items.

Talking about the first auction held after his joining as Director at I&I KPK, he said a total of 21 NDP vehicles were set for auction while 16 vehicles were sold in auction and Rs17.836million of revenue was generated including 10% Income Tax whereas 62 numbers of lots of different goods were set for sale while 12 lots were sold in the said auction against earning of Rs5.612million.

Talking about the vigilance and seizures, he told CT that, during last week, the I&I Peshawar seized a huge quantity of narcotics after a Toyota Corolla car was spotted coming from Peshawar side. Upon chasing the car, the driver abandoned his vehicle and fled the scene. The vehicle was searched thoroughly on the spot by the staff of the Drug Cell and found contraband hashish and opium tactfully concealed in secret spaces of the rear doors of the car then the motorcar was brought on the premises of the Directorate of I&I Peshawar where 18.500 kilogram of hashish and one kilogram opium were retrieved. The value of the drugs and vehicle is Rs3 million.

Dr. Arslan is presently posted as Director, Customs Intelligence, KPK. He is an officer with a strong integrity and a role model for the young civil servants of Pakistan. Arslan is from the 6th batch of Rawalpindi Medical Collage and graduated in 1985. He cleared his CSS examination in 1989 and joined the 18th Common Training Program in the year 1990 as Assistant Collector in the Pakistan Customs Service.

The Director I&I KPK completed his MBA and a postgraduate diploma from NUST University Islamabad. He has attended several research papers in the field of revenue generation and economic development in Pakistan and has represented the country at various international forums like UNODC and WCO. He has served within the country and abroad in various important positions like Chief, Federal Board of Revenue (FBR), and Collector Customs.

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