ISLAMABAD: The anti-smuggling team of Gwadar Customs Collectorate has confiscated a huge quantity of opium and a vehicle, which have worth of Rs80 million, a statement said on Tuesday.
The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) in the statement said that the Gwadar collectorate had made seizure in a successful operation on February 13, 2022.
In pursuance of a credible information, the ASO team of Collectorate of Customs, Gwadar has effected seizure of narcotics (255 KGs Opium) at Ganz in the wake of a long chase.
During patrolling, Customs Staff spotted a coure car around Jiwani which was signaled to stop for search. However, the driver of the vehicle accelerated and attempted to take away the vehicle which was followed and intercepted at Ganz.
The driver of vehicle taking advantage of the darkness left the vehicle and fled away from the scene.
However, the thorough search of the vehicle resulted in the recovery of 255 KGs of Opium. The recovered narcotics was later on shifted to Custom House, Gwadar.
This Collectorate has lodged a FIR against the unknown persons and the proceedings have been initiated. The amount of the narcotics along with the seized vehicle in the international market comes to be Rs. 80 millions.
The Chief Collector of Customs (Balochistan) Muhammad Sadiq & the Collector of Customs, Gwadar Ch.Muhammad Javaid have appreciated the feat of the Customs Staff and have congratulated them on seizure of narcotics.
It is pertinent to mention that the FBR is following a policy of zero tolerance against smuggling and thereby has increased vigilance and surveillance of cargo movement across the border.
Finance Minister, Shaukat Tarin, has commended FBR for its successful anti-smuggling drive across Pakistan. Likewise, Chairman FBR/Secretary Revenue Division, Dr. Muhammad Ashfaq Ahmed has appreciated Member Customs (Ops) FBR, Syed Muhammad Tariq Huda, in ensuring zero tolerance against smuggling of all shades and grades. He further reiterated his unflinching resolve to fight the menace of smuggling across the country in order to maximize tax compliance.