Customs intelligence officials in Karachi have recently seized a non-custom paid car, which is said to belong to a notable politician from Balochistan. The vehicle, identified as a bullet-proof luxury car, was confiscated late Sunday night in Karachi.
The vehicle, a luxury model from 2017, was being driven by the politician’s son in the upscale Clifton area of Karachi when customs officials intercepted and seized it. Following the seizure, the car was transported to the Customs House. It was revealed that the vehicle was initially brought into Pakistan by a foreigner for hunting purposes and was temporarily exempted from customs duties and taxes. However, it was allegedly being used by an influential Sardar without proper customs clearance.
Crackdown on Non-Custom Paid Vehicle Smuggling
This incident comes after a recent operation by the Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) and a federal intelligence agency. They conducted a raid on Hub River Road and apprehended a three-member gang involved in smuggling non-custom paid vehicles. The gang members, hailing from Kalat, Balochistan, were identified as Mir Abdus Sadiq Maingal, Hikmatullah, and Abdul Hammed and were allegedly transporting non-custom paid vehicles across various provinces in Pakistan.
The CTD spokesperson reported that the law enforcement agencies intercepted a suspicious vehicle near Saeedabad, Karachi, in which the three armed smugglers were travelling from Hub, Balochistan, to Karachi.
During interrogation, the accused revealed their affiliation with a smuggling gang responsible for transporting non-custom paid vehicles throughout Pakistan. The CTD spokesperson disclosed that this group has moved several vehicles from Balochistan to Sindh, Punjab, and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, charging around Rs 150,000 per vehicle. The CTD officers also recovered firearms from the arrested individuals. Following the seizure of the non-custom paid vehicle, police have initiated an investigation to track down the remaining members of this smuggling ring.