Customs officials in Pakistan have successfully intercepted and foiled mobile phone smuggling attempts at Lahore and Karachi airports.
On Saturday, customs authorities at Lahore International Airport apprehended a passenger arriving from Sharjah with substantial contraband. They seized 65 mobile phones, valued at over Rs 1.5 billion, from the individual’s possession. The customs officials immediately arrested the passenger and initiated legal proceedings against him for this smuggling attempt.
Before this incident, Pakistan Customs had foiled a similar attempt at Jinnah International Airport in Karachi. Customs officers, stationed at the international arrival gate, were conducting routine checks on passengers arriving from foreign countries.
Customs officials, during their surveillance, scanned the luggage of three passengers and discovered a total of 51 mobile phones, worth Rs 27.6 million, concealed inside clothes in the suitcases. The passengers, who had arrived in Karachi via a connecting flight from Dubai, were apprehended for attempting to smuggle the phones into the country.