KARACHI: There is a significant decrease in the smuggling activities carried out from other parts of the country to Karachi by using land routes in the month of December.
This was stated by Muhammad Wasif Malik, Assistant Collector Model Customs Collectorate (MCC) Preventive while talking to Customs Today at his office.
He said that the strict security and vigilance by the Preventive staff of Pakistan Customs has been observed at the entry and exit points of the city. “Check posts at entry and exit points are functional and that is why there is a major decline in smuggling activities”, he added.
Malik further informed that despite there were 62 entry and exit points and linked roads into the city which make it difficult to keep continuous vigilance, MCC Preventive with its limited resources is trying its best to safeguard the land routes in order to eliminate smuggling activities.
Replying to a question, Assistant Collector said that the proposal of installation of scanners on reverse cargo route was in pipe line and FBR will soon materialize the scheme.
Malik further said that billions of rupees would have to be spent on the said proposal and it would be a challenge for FBR to initiate such kind of projects in prevailing economic crisis.