QUETTA: Collectorate of Customs Enforcement Quetta is successfully conducting anti-smuggling operations in line with the directives of the Federal Government.

The performance in the last 45-days resulted in the seizure of smuggled goods worth 2.7 billion in 278 successful operations.

This extensive exercise involved seizures of a variety of smuggled items, including drugs, Iranian diesel, chalia, gutka, dry milk, non-customs paid vehicles, cosmetics, plastic grains, electronics and outward smuggling of essential items like sugar, fertilizer etc. These seizures were carried out in at various checkpoints, godowns, and other locations.

Under the vigilant supervision of Collector Mohammad Ismail and the dedicated guidance of Additional Collector Omar Shafique, as well as the relentless efforts of field enforcement units and mobile squads led by Deputy Collectors (DCs) and Assistant Collectors (ACs), these operations were executed successfully.

Chief Collector of Customs Enforcement Quetta, Abdul Qadir Memon, reaffirmed his unwavering commitment to continue the fight against smuggling.

He further told that this resolute action is being taken in line with the special directives of Member Customs Operations Zeba Hai Azhar and future operations will leverage modern technology and foster collaboration with various law enforcement agencies.

In a significant development, a modern control room at Collectorate of Customs Enforcement Quetta has been recently established to monitor the movement of vehicles along different routes by the representatives from the Frontier Corps (FC), Intelligence Bureau (IB), Police and other law enforcement agencies, Further the Collectorate has fully implemented the newly developed Strack (online verification system) by FBR for monitoring the movement of essential commodities and movement of sugar in the province of Balochistan is being constantly monitored on real time basis.

This step alone will keep a complete track of movement of essential commodities and will become an effective tool against smuggling and hoarding of essential commodities.

Collector Mohammad Ismail highlighted that these anti-smuggling efforts have not only resulted in the seizure of smuggled goods in huge quantities but also have contributed to bolstering economic stability within the country.

The actions taken have notably led to a decrease in the value of the dollar and a reduction in the prices of essential commodities, including sugar and POL products.

This underscores the positive impact of the ongoing anti-smuggling operations on the nation’s economic landscape.

He also appreciated the assistance of other LEAs like FC, IB, Police and Levies in this regard.