KARACHI: The Customs Court directed customs officials to arrest and produce suspect namely Sailab Khan, owner/ proprietor of M/s Al-Ahsan Goods Transport Company and others, who was booked in a case of attempting to smuggle non-duty paid Iranian smuggled glassware/ crockery, betel nuts etc.
On July 13, 2019, investigation officer of customs department produced arrested suspect namely Siddiqui Ullah son of Saleh Jan and informed the court that on an actionable information, customs team intercepted a Hino truck/trailer bearing registration number: TLM-522 and on cursory checking the said vehicle was found loaded with assorted Iranian glassware/ crockery inside the container, on query, the driver informed that crockery is present inside the container and he produced a bilty regarding crockery of said importer, issued in the name of one Saadullah Mama and the goods were to be received by sales office Karachi.
Investigation officer said that on demand the driver could not produce any legal import documents in support of glassware/ crockery and further checking container on the spot revealed that container is having a false compartment inside the container by fabricating a partition of steel wall between the inner space of the container, therefore, when further search was conducted than also recovered 11,050 kg of smuggled betel nuts.
He said that prosecution needs further investigation for arrest of absconding suspects and other culprits, therefore, court may send back him to customs department.
After the hearing, court extended physical remand of arrested suspect and sent him back to customs department and directed investigation officer to produce him on next date of hearing along with progress report.