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Customs AIIA foils bid to smuggle respiratory masks to Thailand

Customs AIIA foils bid to smuggle respiratory masks to Thailand

LAHORE: Collectorate of Customs Allama Iqbal International Airport (AIIA) on Wednesday thwarted a bid to smuggle respiratory masks to Thailand at the Lahore Intentional airport.

Sources told Customs Today that as many as five packets of respiratory mask weighting 60kg, were recovered from two passengers namely Aziz Akbar and Rehan Azhar, who were flying to Thailand via flight no TJ-346.

It emerged both the passengers easily passed the FIA counter but were nabbed by the customs teams deputed at the Airport. The recovered mask were taken into custody by the customs department.

It may be noted that the government of Pakistan has banned export of respiratory masks  amid coronavirus outbreak that has claimed more than 2,700 lives in China and infected thousands in China only.

Last week, the Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (Drap) had launched countrywide crackdown against black marketing of respiratory masks and other items used for protection from Novel Coronavirus (NCV), a spokesperson of the Ministry of Health had said.

Drug Regulatory Authority had conducted raids at five pharmacies in Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad and Peshawar over sale of protection items on inflated rates.

A large number of respiratory masks, and disposable gloves recovered from these pharmacies.