LANDIKOTAL: Chief Collector Customs of Khyber Pakhunkhwa Saeed Akram on Thursday said that in the past four moths custom authorities have seized a record contrabands and non custom paid items worth million of rupees.
Chief collector custom Khyber Pakhunkhwa Saeed Akram was speaking to journalists at Torkham Zero point. He said that they have taken concrete steps to curb smuggling with all its way and means. He said strict directives have been issued to all khyber Pakhunkhwa customs officials to adopt zero tolerance policy against all kinds of smuggling.
The official said Pakistan recently imposed a ban on export of a number of items to Afghanistan that had been smuggled back to Pakistan.He said they have seized a record non custom paid items including non custom paid vehicles.
He said federal government had instructed all concerned departments to take strict actions so that they could stablize the shrinking economy of Pakistan. He said through transite trade a number of items being exported to Afghanistan from Pakistan which were not being used in Afghanistan but it smuggled back to Pakistan.
Saeed Akram said in the past four months Pakistan customs along with the other sister departments have continued raids to discourage smuggling. He said soon the positive impact over the fragile economy could be seen.
He said in 120 raids conducted in the past four months custom authorities have recovered 950 million rupees worth non custom paid items.He said the seized items were included of clothes,tyres, cosmetics items and other contrabands.
Custom chief also met with traders,officials and inspected various custom offices in Torkham. He assured the traders that he would take every possible steps to enhance bilateral business with Afghanistan and central Asian States.