Karachi Customs has once again demonstrated its unwavering commitment to combating illegal activities, as it successfully thwarted a significant diesel smuggling operation valued at a staggering Rs. 3.45 crore.
In a recent development, the vigilant patrolling crew of the anti-smuggling mobile squad intercepted and detained five oil tankers originating from Balochistan near Band Murad. This operation, carried out on a Monday, marked a pivotal moment in the fight against illicit trade in the region.
Customs spokesperson Irfan Ali provided critical details surrounding this impressive operation. The officials not only apprehended the smugglers but also confiscated a jaw-dropping 111,286 liters of illicit Iranian diesel. The estimated worth of this confiscated diesel stands at a remarkable Rs. 34.55 million.
The crackdown didn’t stop there. Authorities impounded oil tankers with an approximate value of Rs. 28 million, sending a clear message that illegal activities will not be tolerated. However, it’s important to note that this operation is still ongoing, as efforts continue to apprehend those involved in the extensive smuggling ring.
This operation comes on the heels of a concerning trend reported last month, where Karachi was grappling with the illegal sale of Iranian gasoline within the city. Some individuals had taken it upon themselves to establish illicit fuel distribution networks, often resorting to selling Iranian petrol in plastic containers.
The repercussions of such illegal trade are far-reaching and deeply concerning. Not only does it pose grave risks to public safety, but it also undermines the efforts of legitimate businesses and government authorities tasked with regulating the petroleum industry.
In an alarming turn of events, it was reported that instead of taking action against these unlawful operators, some police officers were allegedly purchasing smuggled fuel from them. In response to this concerning revelation, the government has issued directives for law enforcement agencies to initiate a comprehensive crackdown against illegal petrol distributors.
Karachi Customs’ resolute stance against smuggling and illegal activities is a testament to its dedication to upholding the law and safeguarding the interests of the public and legitimate businesses. This recent operation serves as a stark reminder to those involved in such illicit trade that their actions will not go unchecked.
As Karachi Customs continues its efforts to dismantle smuggling networks and combat the illegal trade of petroleum products, it sends a powerful message: the rule of law will prevail, and those engaged in unlawful activities will be held accountable.