Pak unearths smuggling racket exploiting NATO supply route

Authorities here have unearthed a major smuggling racket which was involved in transporting the contraband goods into Pakistan in containers registered for the use of NATO troops in Afghanistan.

Karachi: Authorities here have unearthed a major smuggling racket which was involved in transporting the contraband goods into Pakistan in containers registered for the use of NATO troops in Afghanistan.

A senior official of the Customs intelligence directorate did not rule out the involvement of Customs officials in the smuggling racket.

"We have impounded around 30 containers registered in the name of NATO which contained alcohol, expensive spices and other contraband items," the official said.

The contraband items were being smuggled into Pakistan in containers shown to be registered for the use of NATO troops in Afghanistan, he said.

The NATO troops posted in Afghanistan get their supplies via Pakistan with large container trucks starting from Karachi and passing through the Pakistan and Afghanistan border into Kabul and other cities.

The intelligence official said initial FIR registered and investigations had shown that the people involved in the smuggling racket had been using NATO containers for their racket for last few months.

"The information we have is that before this consignment they have already cleared around 45 containers meant for NATO troops," he said.

The official confirmed that NATO containers were not subject to the same stringent checks by Customs.

Sources said a shipping agent acted as the front for the import of the NATO containers meant for the troops in Afghanistan.

PTI

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