Smuggling from neighboring Afghanistan has increased manifold in the past few days after the fall of Kabul to Taliban fighters as traders are frightened due to the uncertain situation.
This is evident from the seizing of the smuggled goods by Customs in the past few days.
Talking to The Express Tribune Customs officials said that they were already aware of the threat of massive increase in smuggling from the war-torn country and they had taken steps to prevent it.
“On Friday we intercepted a truck and recovered arms and ammunition being smuggled from Afghanistan to Pakistan. Today we have seized several vehicles trying to smuggle cloths, electronics and medical equipment,” said a Customs official, adding that a driver had been arrested and an FIR had been registered against him while on Thursday too the attempt to smuggle dry batteries of trucks and other vehicles was foiled and several accused were arrested. An FIR had been registered against them.
Published in The Express Tribune, September 3rd, 2021.
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