RAWALPINDI: Customs officials on Tuesday night seized 1,000 smuggled smart phones from a vehicle of a private courier company on GT Road near Rawat as the vehicle headed to Rawalpindi from Lahore.
Customs officials estimated the total value of the cell phones at about Rs20 million. The phones were smuggled from abroad and were being moved to Rawalpindi using a private courier service.
Customs Anti-Smuggling Cell officials intercepted the mini truck of the courier company on a tip off. The officials found the phones duly packed and sealed.
Talking to The Express Tribune, Customs Assistant Director Rana Shakeel said that the consignment was from Lahore and was probably destined for Rawalpindi and Islamabad. He added that they seized the vehicle and the contraband cellphones and asked the courier company to take away the other parcels.
When asked how the phones had been smuggled into the country, Shakeel said it was not clear yet.
Published in The Express Tribune, December 1st, 2016.