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Senior journalists appeal to CJP against customs officers running blackmailing ‘news’ website to cover their corruption

Senior journalists appeal to CJP against customs officers running blackmailing ‘news’ website to cover their corruption

KARACHI: Some corrupt customs officials like Dost Muhammad are running an ‘illegal’ website to cover their own corruption and avoid any action from the higher authorities. They financially support an ‘illiterate’ person to run this website to protect their own corruption. They facilitate green channel smugglers by clearing their goods without any examination.
Sources said when media started uncovering the crimes of those customs officials involved in the Rs. 1,000 billion green channel mega scam then these customs officials started using the illegal website along with the ‘illiterate’ person to malign the media. These corrupt customs officials have made a nexus with an ‘illiterate’ person to save ‘smugglers’ of green channel mega scam worth Rs 1000 billion and counter blast media persons and reports on the scam. They use social media platforms to malign senior journalists unearthing their corruption.
Sources said these customs officials also started harassing the people who have been sharing information with media on green channel smuggling including the customs related experts/ consultants. They used different techniques to harass these consultants including harassing even the clients of these consultants who are simple minded importers running their legal trade businesses. The harassment includes various delaying tactics like examination of their same containers again and again. Why all details of the containers cannot be determined upon one single examination and why do they conduct multiple examinations of same containers is a big question on the credibility of these corrupt customs staff while they harass the importers. In fact, there are many instances where these corrupt customs staff are taking many months to clear the goods which makes their plan of delaying and harassing the importers very obvious. Only purpose of this harassment is to stop these customs consultants from exposing corrupt customs officials. Their only fault is that they disclosed the Rs 1000b green channel scam of certain customs officials to the media.
Sources said mobiles, electronics, liquor, cigarettes, betel nuts, explosive chemicals, etc continue to pour into the country through green channel‬. ‪FBR has also admitted, although indirectly, that roughly 10 million containers have been cleared in Green Channel without any examination. In fact, not even scanning of these containers is done by customs officials despite media uproar.‬
Sources said this ‘illiterate’ person blackmails media and genuine importers to get money and run his illegal website. In an attempt to blackmail a genuine importer, he first wrote that the importer got fake delay and detention certificate from R&D but now contradicting himself he is saying that the certificate is issued to the importer while quoting the R&D department both the times. It is to be noted that Dost Muhammad is head of R&D department which is sufficient to prove the above nexus beyond any shadow of doubt. It seems that the ‘illiterate’ person gets future news from some customs ‘jinns’ even the relevant department doesn’t know about it. He is publishing fabricated & fake news to pressurise the high officials to act according to the whims and fancies of the junior customs staff like Dost and others who want to dominate the customs department despite being juniors.
Whenever any media house exposes corruption and illegal activities of someone or some organisations then immediately the illiterate person stoops to the level of even taking around Rs 2,000 from those corrupt persons and organisations and starts protecting them by writing in their favour. Sources said that such money collected in the kitty is shared by the customs junior staff who are writing on the website in the name of the ‘illiterate’ person who himself cannot write any articles in English.
Sources said this ‘illiterate’ person speaks against several senior journalists and anchor persons of various high profile TV channels and newspapers so as to malign them and to protect the corruption of this nexus of certain corrupt customs officials. The proof of this is also that he roams about freely in Customs House premises where irrelevant people are not allowed entry although he is not a clearing agent or importer or registered media person.
This ‘illiterate’ person cannot even spell the name of the department ‘customs’ properly and he spells it wrongly as ‘custom’ and also he has no connection with ‘news’ as not registered which is a crime to operate as a newspaper. Furthermore, he is no where related to journalists or journalism in any way which the senior journalists feel offended as to how FBR is allowing such an ‘illiterate’ person to run a ‘news’ website related to their department. It is mandatory under the law to first procure a declaration from the information ministry to operate as a newspaper.
Numerous people, including media personalities, who are aggrieved by the criminal activities of the specific customs officials in writing news on website in the name of the ‘illiterate’ person have appealed to the Honorable Chief Justice of Pakistan, NAB and FIA to take action against the entire nexus of specific corrupt customs officials and ‘illiterate’ person and to expose their nefarious agenda and to shut this ‘illegal’ news website which is being used to protect mega corruption cases. This also invites high level investigation against Dost Muhammad and his certain seniors who back him up for secretly supporting an ‘illiterate’ person and running a ‘news’ website for hiding his own corruption in Rs 1000 Billion green channel mega scam.