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Internal Audit Customs initiates inquiry into gold smuggling case

Internal Audit Customs initiates inquiry into gold smuggling case

KARACHI: The Internal Audit (Customs) has also started investigation into the smuggling case of gold worth millions of rupees on fake E-form, it is learnt here.

The sources informed Customs Today that the Internal Audit (Customs) on the directives of FBR authorities concerned has started investigation into gold smuggling case and compiling up the data of exporting/importing gold on E-form from Air Freight Unit (AFU).

Sources further informed this scribe that the names of some influential businessmen are expected to come into investigation, adding that the authorities concerned of Pakistan Customs are investigating the case on secretly

To a query, the sources do not disclose the name of any person, who allegedly involved in gold smuggling, adding that the investigation was on initial stage and further details would be unearthed by the passage of time.

It may be mentioned here that the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA), Sindh Region has also started investigation ambit around the Customs officials/officers in exporting of millions of worth gold, gems and jewelry on fake Form-E during the period of 2012-2014.

The FIA Corporate Crime Cell (CCC) has also written a letter to FBR authorities in which it asked for a list of the officials/officers who deputed in the Model Customs Collectorate of Export and Air Freight Unit (AFU) during the year 2012 to 2014.

It is pertinent to mention here that the FIA authorities have already arrested four accused including two clearing agents Wajahat Minhas and Zubair Ali of M/s Kashan Enterprises, TDAP ex-director Shakeel Ahmed and an officer of a private bank, who allegedly involved in the illegal export of gold on fake Form-E.

However, the FIA authorities concerned are also wanted to include officers/ officials of MCC-Export into the investigation for reaching at the conclusion point into the said case.