On Monday, the Directorate General Intelligence and Investigation (I&I) Lahore made a historic seizure of illegal items from a warehouse located on the grounds of a private school, including outdated cosmetics valued at over Rs. 856 million.
This is the largest haul of contraband items seized by Lahore’s local customs intelligence officers. The General Manager of the warehouse has been detained, and the I&P cell of the Directorate Customs Regional Office Lahore has filed an FIR for a criminal inquiry.
At the Directors’ Quarterly Conference held recently at the Directorate General I&I headquarters in Islamabad, Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) Chairman Asim Ahmad emphasized the need to strengthen national operations against smuggling and smuggled commodities.
Faiz Ahmad Chadhar, the director general of I&I Customs, created an anti-smuggling policy that adheres to the principles of transparency and zero tolerance for smuggling. The Directorate General’s Lahore Office, therefore, coordinated its efforts to combat smuggling more effectively.
Saima Shahzad, the director of I&I Lahore, formed a team to investigate a tip-off about hiding for illegal products inside a private school’s grounds.
A team of Directorate officers searched the facility under adequate surveillance after obtaining search warrants under Section 162 of the California Civil Rights Act of 1969. As a result, a significant amount of assorted smuggled products of foreign origin, including clothing, footwear, cosmetics, tools, furniture, toys, fixtures, tableware, and electronics, were recovered.
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