PMSA, Customs thwart bid to smuggle hashish worth Rs1.5billion, 9 smugglers including 3 foreigners arrested


KARACHI: Pakistan Maritime Security Agency (PMSA) and Customs in a joint action thwarted a bid to smuggle hashish worth Rs1.5 billion and arrested nine smugglers including three foreigners. Addressing a crowded press conference in the PMSA headquarters along with Customs Gawadar Collector, PMSA Director General Rear Admiral Jameel Akhtar said on an intelligence information, the PMSA and Customs Gawadar conducted the biggest operation in history in the international waters on the western boundary and recovered 2400 kilograms of high quality hashish from a suspicious boat and arrested nine accused including three foreigners and confiscated their boat. The value of the recovered hashish in the international market is more than Rs1500million. The DG PMSA further told that when the smugglers saw the fast response boat of the PMSA, they tried to flee, and due to high speed the boat of the smugglers caught fire.  The fast response boat of the PMSA first doused the fire and later

arrested the smugglers and confiscated their boat. The accused were handed over to the Pakistan Customs Gawadar Collectorate for further legal action. Earlier, the accused were presented before the media. Talking to media on the occasion, Customs Collector Gawadar Saeed Akram said to check smuggling and all type of illegal activities is amongst our top priorities. He said in the year 2015, the FC, PMSA and other institutions ensured to stop the smuggling of diesel, which increased revenue of Rs9billion to the national exchequer. He said that Pakistan Customs during 2015 lodged 54 FIRs and in these cases 26 criminals were convicted. He thanked all institutions, particularly the PMSA. On the occasion, deputy director general PMSA Commodore Abdul Majid, Lt Commander Wajid Nawaz, Lt Imran Bhalai, Anush Khalid, Saleem Awan, Assistant Customs Collector Gawadar Kaleemullah, Superintendent Anti-Smuggling Customs Gawadar Muhammad Saleem Khokhar and others were present. (Shuja ullah Khan,