Customs thwart currency smuggling attempts – Pakistan

PESHAWAR: On the specific instructions of the Prime Minister’s Special Advisor, Tariq Pasha and the Chairman/Member of Customs (ops), FBR and on information from the Chief Collector and Collector’s Enforcement on smuggling of foreign currency through borders and international airports, strict vigilance is exercised outside.

Due to 100% body search and baggage scan at BCP, Torkham and scan via BKIA, in the last 7 days four seizures (three at Torkham and one at BKIA) have been made , said a press release on Sunday.

According to the details shared by the Customs authorities to the media, on November 12, 2022, Customs Enforcement personnel intercepted a passenger, namely Azhar Akbar S/o Gul Taj Khan (Pakistani) with Passport No. WM1334701.

During a body search and scan of the passenger’s shoes, two plastic-wrapped bundles were found in the soles of the shoes, which upon subsequent unwrapping revealed $10,000 in each bundle (2 x 10 000 = 20,000).

Similarly, on November 17, 2022, Customs enforcement personnel intercepted a passenger namely Aqdas Arial D/o Gul Muhammad (Afghani) having passport P00149377. The body search of the passenger (shoulder bag) resulted in the recovery of US$20,000.

Similarly, the next day, Customs enforcement personnel intercepted a passenger Said Muhammad s/o Khial Muhammad Passport No.PW0169011 CNIC#21203-1616901-9. The body search of the passenger (shoe sole) resulted in the recovery of US$5,000.

Customs authorities reported that on November 19, 2022, at approximately 3:00 p.m., a passenger, namely Ismail S/o Ghulam Wahid, was arrested attempting to smuggle currency on Air Arabia flight no. G9865 to Ras al Khaimah. It is around $11,000.

Copyright Business Recorder, 2022

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