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Interior Ministry unlikely to recognize Customs as ‘law enforcing agency’

Interior Ministry unlikely to recognize Customs as ‘law enforcing agency’

KARACHI: The Ministry of Interior is unlikely to recognize Pakistan Customs as the mainstream law enforcing agency and it is said that the customs would remain in its bucket for future.

The request to this effect was forwarded to the Ministry of Interior by the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) a couple of months ago. However, no response has so far been received from the ministry regarding issuance of a notification. And it is said that the customs authorities have been clearly told verbally that this would not happen.

According to sources, former Collector Preventive Syed Muhammad Tariq Huda had taken up the matter very seriously. However, the Ministry of Interior never replied positively in this regard. The customs is one of the main agency which enforces law at coastlines of the country and it is enforcing the law and taking actions against smuggling cartels at West and South borders of the city.

The sources claimed that customs would work as it is doing however the issuance of proper notification making the customs as law enforcement agency would benefit those embracing shahadat while performing duties.