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Rawalpindi Customs Intelligence showed 91pc growth in anti-smuggling activities in FY2014-15

Rawalpindi Customs Intelligence showed 91pc growth in anti-smuggling activities in FY2014-15

ISLAMABAD: Directorate of Investigation and Intelligence Rawalpindi has showed 91 percent growth in wake of seizure of smuggled items during last fiscal year 2014-15 over preceding year 2013-14.

This was stated by Deputy Director Customs Intelligence Rawalpindi, Shahid Jan, while talking to Customs Today. He said that the smuggled items valued at Rs 42 million were seized during the said period, while last year contraband items worth Rs 19 million were confiscated.

During year 2014-15, 48 First Investigation Reports (FIRs) were registered against the smugglers marking 36 percent growth, while 23 FIRs were registered in the year 2013-14, he added.

He further said, “We arrested 14 accused on the charges of smuggling during the year 2014-15 and 19 accused in the past year.”

Jan said “our department is taking effective measures in current fiscal year 2015-16 to fail the smuggling attempts in the region in order to save the national exchequer as well as local business community.”

He also added that department was also taking strict steps against the corrupt official as Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has suspended three official including Superintendent Ghulam Ishaq Kiyani, Deputy Superintendent Atta-ur-Rehman and another BS-16 official Abdul Hafeez those cleared six containers through mis-declartion which were seized by Customs Intelligence later.