Central Region is doing an all out effort to crush the smuggling and other illegal trade: Faiz Ahmad Chadar
M Jahangir Hayat
Lahore: Customs Central Region has destroyed millions of rupees contraband, illegally imported goods, illicit drugs on the occasion of International Customs Day.
All collectorates of Customs Central Region gathered illicit drugs and other contraband items for destruction at the Wagga Land Fright Unit (LFU). The destruction of the illicit items and drugs was to save the public, trade and industry from the harmful impact of the illegal items.
The illicit goods, liquors and drugs are collected throughout the year for destruction on January 26 every year.
“We usually set the illicit goods on fire and crush liquors on International Customs Day. However, goods and drugs harmful for human lives and trade industry are also destroyed around the year,” Central Region Chief Collector of Customs Faiz Ahmad Chadar said, adding that destruction is more concerned with the message that anyone who dare to business in illegal trade will meet the same fate in term of money and valuables.
He said that Customs Central Region is doing an all out effort to crush the smuggling and other illegal trade.
Though we have scarce resources yet officers of the region are determined to give their maximum.
Collector Customs Lahore Preventive Compliance and Enforcement Basit Maqdood Abbasi said that goods and drugs are destroyed in the best public, trade and industry.
Goods and drugs are destroyed in the best public, trade and industry, Collector Customs Lahore Preventive Compliance and Enforcement Basit Maqdood Abbasi
“We have conducted the record seizures of billions of rupees that has created an intense deterrence. Our officers are well chasing smugglers even in markets, godowns and information.
Multan Collector Customs Muniza Majeed said that the Multan Collectorate has brought five containers to destroy.
We have more liquor and illicit goods and items which will be destroyed afterward.
The Multan Collectorate has brought five containers to destroy, Multan Collector Customs Muniza Majeed
“We have adopted zero tolerance against the smuggling activities as the smuggling of both illicit goods and drugs are harmful for both human and economic health of the country’s health,” she added.
One the sideline of the destruction event, Punjab Governor Chaudhry Muhammad Sarwar said that Pakistan Customs is playing an important role in curbing smuggling.
Addressing a ceremony held in connection with International Customs Day at Wagah Border (Tuesday), he said that all the institutions are working in close coordination due to which Pakistan is becoming economically strong.
He said that even today many countries of the world are facing curfew-like situations due to Coronavirus.
The Governor also announced certificates of appreciation for the customs officers and personnel working on the front line during the Pandemic.
A large number of Customs officers including Mohsin Rafique, Asad Raza Rizvi, Sima Inam, Sima Shahzad, Ali Touqeer, Munib Server, Summar Tara and others were present on the occasion.
It is pertinent to mention here that international Customs Day is celebrated on January 26 every with a theme. This year the International Customs Day (ICD) was dedicated to the united efforts of Customs to emerge from the coronavirus crisis and support people and businesses by strengthening the global supply chain, reinforcing collaboration, harnessing technology and putting “people” at the centre of the transformation process, with the slogan “Customs bolstering Recovery, Renewal and Resilience for a sustainable supply chain”.