12 trucks loaded with foreign goods seized
QUETTA: The personnel of Customs and Frontier Corps (FC) during a joint action foiled a smuggling bid by impounding 12 trucks loaded with foreign goods worth millions of rupees from different areas en route Chaman to Quetta.
This was disclosed by Balochistan Collector Custom Hafiz Matiullah flanked by FC Colonel Shohib and other officials while addressing a press conference here on Thursday.
He said that a large quantity of foreign goods was being smuggled into the country via Chaman border while Customs along with FC was making all out efforts to stop the smuggling.
He said that personnel of Customs and FC on a tip off that 12 trucks loaded with foreign goods were trying to smuggle goods raided different areas in Chaman area.
He said they intercepted 12 trucks loaded with tyres, dry fruits, cloths and spare parts worth millions of rupees.
He informed that around 1300 trucks in a month transport goods to Afghanistan while 75 percent of these goods were again smuggled into the country via Balochistan. “Due to shortage of manpower FC was asked to help Customs in prevention of smuggling”, Mr. Matiullah said.
He said that Federal Board of Revenue had restored Customs check posts at Baleli and Lak Pass which had brought a significant reduction in smuggling.
To another query, he said that Customs department had also recovered 3 tons of hashish, a large quantity of morphine and arrested 12 people during last two and half months.