ISLAMABAD: The Anti-Smuggling Organization of the Directorate General Customs Intelligence and Investigation, Federal Board of Revenue Rawalpindi, has taken into possession the foreign origin used non-duty-paid smuggled Toyota Hilux surf worth Rs1.85million. According to the sources, the anti-smuggling staff of the Rawalpindi Directorate Customs Intelligence has received a tip-off that a foreign origin used Toyota Hilux with a fake registration plate No: QAB-9374, Model 1998, is moving in the area of Sector E-11 Islamabad.
The anti-smuggling staff started a thorough search for Toyota Hilux in Sector E-11. Finally, Customs I&I staff found the tipped-off non-duty-paid smuggled vehicle which was parked near E-11 Markaz Market Islamabad. The words Pakistan Muslim League (N) were written on the front registration plate of the vehicle in green. The anti-smuggling staff had been waiting for more than four hours but no one came to claim the ownership of the vehicle. After waiting for a long time, the Customs I&I staff took the vehicle into possession in the presence of the witnesses and shifted it to the Directorate General office.
On the scrutiny of the record of the Excise and Taxation Office of the Motor Registration Authority Quetta, nothing was found positive. The Customs Intelligence also checked the PRAL and auction data available with the directorate, but no import or auction entry was found against the non-duty-paid Toyota Hilux surf. So the Customs team impounded the vehicle being unclaimed under Section 17 of the Customs Act-1969 for further verification of its import and auction status and payments of the duties and taxes.