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Port security officials punished for manhandling Customs staff

Port security officials punished for manhandling Customs staff

KARACHI: The Karachi Port Trust (KPT) has taken action against the officials of Port Security Force who had manhandled customs officials.

Transit Trade Director Irfan Javed had urged KPT to take action or an FIR would be lodged against the culprit. M Naseem and Majid Ali who are in Port Security Force from Pakistan Navy have been issued stern warning, which will be endorsed in personal dossier for record. Two other guards Zafar Akhtar and M. Yusuf have been suspended, which will be endorsed in their personal dossier for record.

Directorate of Transit Trade has lodged a complaint with Commandant Port Security Force (PSF) for physically assaulting on-duty officials of the Directorate of Transit Trade and obstructing them in discharge of their official duties.

Nafees-u-Din Qureshi and Khurram Rafique, the Custom officers of Directorate of Transit Trade, went to the OP-III yard for the examination of a Crane lying there for the customs clearance. The PSF staff posted at gate demanded official identification of Customs which was shown to them. The PSF guards did not accept the official identification and told them to get the entry done in their register.

Since the officers were on their official duty and possessed official cards, the subject demand of the gate staff was not mandatory. Thus, the afore-referred Customs officers told the gate staff that the demand to get their particulars entered in register was unwarranted.

Resultantly, PSF guards namely Saleem, Yousuf, Incharge Nasim and others crossed all limits, snatched office cards and mobile phones followed by a physical assault on them. They kept the officers under illegal detention for half an hour.