KARACHI: Authorities of Pakistan Customs have expressed their concerns over the existence of Customs Laboratory in the premises of Customs House, Karachi.
FBR sources informed Customs Today that the Chief Collector of Enforcement-South Muhammad Nazim Saleem, through a letter, has urged the Collector of Model Customs Collectorate of Preventive, Syed Muhammad Tariq Huda to re-locate the Customs Laboratory from the Customs House to any other place, owing to sensitive law and order situation.
It may be mentioned here that Pakistan Customs Laboratory is located on the 10th floor in the Customs House Building and has various inflammable chemicals and substances, which may create any untoward incident.
Sources further told this scribe that the Chief Collector of Enforcement-South has also expressed his concerns over the recent security in and outside Customs House.
“The Chief Collector has asked MCC Preventive Collector Tariq Huda to purchase biometric system by utilizing Trouble Asset Relief Programme funds in order to make the security of Customs House stringent,” sources added.
Sources further told this scribe that the Chief Collector Nazim Saleem also asked Collector Huda to deploy armed security guards at the entry and exit points of the Customs House.
It is pertinent to mention here that Collector Nazim Saleem has issued the security alerts, owing to prevailing law and order situation in the aftermath of Karachi Airport attack.