87 percent additional cases were registered in 2019-20
Our Special Correspondent
LAHORE: Customs Lahore Anti-Smuggling Organization (ASO) has collected
87 percent additional cases of smuggled and contraband goods and
vehicles in the Financial Year 2020-19.
Sources told Customs Today that the additional 87 percent cases have
been registered under the dynamic leadership of Collector Customs
(Enforcement and Compliance) Basit Maqsood Abbasi who directed the ASO
team through professionally.
As per details, the collectorate had made Rs 1051 million cases of
contraband goods and smuggled vehicles in Financial Year 2018-19 while
the ASO performance showed additional efforts as the collectorate
registered cases worth Rs 1970 million which are 87 percent additional
in FY 2019-20.
Collector Customs Basit Maqsood Abbasi has expressed his resolve to
further up the ante against the smugglers who have inflicted huge
losses to the national economy.
He stated that all efforts will be put to further bring down the
smuggling activities in the collectorate’s limits.
He said that the growth has been shown despite the fact that COVID-19
pandemic wreaked havoc.
The contraband items and smuggled vehicles that the ASO team impounded
included smuggled tyres, cigarettes, dry milk, welding rods, betel
nuts, cloth, fire crackers, ceramics tiles, atuo-parts, LEDs, almonds,
pista, chocolates, petroleum products, shaving blades, locks, while
vehicles included BMWs Land cruisers and Vigos.
The goods and articles were seized on the information and directions
of the collector under the supervision of assistant collectors Slaman
Javaid and Ali Touqer while superintendent and inspectors including
Ziaur Rehman, Ashfaq Hamdani and others. The collectorate also
impounded over Rs 20 million trucks and other vehicles which were used
in transportation of smuggled items. Police and district management
also collaborated with the ASO team in making the big total.