Huge quantity of smuggled tea recovered

KARACHI: Officials of Directorate of Customs Intelligence Karachi and Pakistan Rangers Sindh on Sunday jointly raided a godown in Jodia Bazaar Karachi and recovered 600 large bags of high quality Kenyan manufactured smuggled black tea

According to details, information was received by Customs Intelligence that high quality Kenyan made expensive black tea was stored in a godown of Jodia Bazaar through Afghan Transit Trade and other illegal routes.

Acting on the tip-off, Director Customs Intelligence in consultation with Additional Director Nadeem Ahsan constituted a team comprising Dr Ahsan Deputy Director, Muhammad Aslam In-charge Anti Smuggling Squad, Akmal Hashmi and Pervaiz Zardari for action.

In view of prevailing city situation Pakistan Rangers Sindh was requested for assistance and they fully cooperated.

According to customs officials, quantity of recovered tea was 34 tonnes and the same was stored in the godown without payment of Custom duty and taxes. The same was taken into custody after fulfilling legal formalities.

When contacted, Director Customs Intelligence Asif Marghoob Siddiqui confirmed the joint operation and informed that the Department was implementing the recently formulated FBR Anti-Smuggling Strategy on the instruction of Director General Lutfullah Virk and taking actions in a coordinated manner against menace of smuggling.

He admired and appreciated the role of Pakistan Rangers Sindh in the successful operation and resolved that despite lack of resources action against the smuggling would continue with the help of law enforcement agencies.

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