QUETTA: Collectorate of Customs anti-smuggling squad seized Indian origin smuggled goods worth Rs20 million. The ASO team when intercepted Karachi bound vehicle, gunmen escorting the coach in two cars started firing on anti-smuggling squad but brave anti-smuggling squad targetted the tyres and impounded the vehicle.
Sources told Customs Today that Deputy Collector Preventive Maqbool Baloch received credible information about smuggling of non-duty paid goods to Karachi. He immediately constituted anti-smuggling squad under the supervision of Superintendent Aslam Solungi which enhanced checking on all exit and entry points of the city.
The ASO team intercepted a coach near Lakpas but suddenly they started firing on anti-smuggling quad. The brave squad retaliated and targeted the tyres of coach with fires and busted them and managed to bring the coach inside the boundary wall of the check post amid huge resistance by smugglers. A vehicle of ASO squad also received bullets but fortunately, the staff remained safe.
After checking the coach, the staff found 250 bags of Indian origin gutka and 350 kilograms smuggled fabric which was tactfully hidden in cavities of the said coach. One person has also been arrested by Customs Staff Quetta. Value of seized goods is about Rs20 million.
The Collector Customs Ashraf Ali appreciated the role of Lakpas Check Post’s Aslam Solungi and his team for this brave action.