KARACHI: Directorate Custom Intelligence Karachi in cooperation with Pakistan Rangers Sindh has seized smuggled foreign cigarettes, including Pine, Dunhill, Benson & Hedges etc, worth more than Rs 6million in a raid in Jodia Bazaar on Monday.
After receiving reports of hoarding of smuggled foreign cigarettes in bulk quantity in Jodia Bazaar, Director Custom Intelligence Muhammad Asif Marghoob Siddiqui in consultation with Additional Director Nadeem Ahsan made a team headed by Deputy Director Dr Ahsan Khan comprising Haji Muhammad Aslam, Akmal Hashmi and Qasim Alvi etc.
Pakistan Rangers accompanied the team and in a joint operation the team of directorate custom intelligence seized the smuggled cigarettes that were packed in 1288 cartons. They were loaded on seven trucks to bring them to custom intelligence office.
According to estimates the confiscated cigarettes cost more than Rs 6 million. It is the biggest raid in custom history to confiscate such a big quantity of smuggled cigarettes, Siddiqui said.
He said that, on the directives of Director General Custom Intelligence Lutfullah Wirk, the operation against smuggling was being carried out with vigour.
“Only in June 2014 Custom Intelligence Karachi recovered about 100 tons of smuggled tea from Jodia Bazaar,” he said.
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