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Customs Intelligence of FBR Seizes Smuggled Cigarettes Worth PKR 79 Million in the Last 24 Hours

BY Shahzad Saeed Jun 07, 2023. 08:37 pm UPDATED: Jun 07, 2023. 08:37 pm

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In four separate operations in major cities, including Karachi, the Federal Board of Revenue’s (FBR) Customs Intelligence team seized 1,780,000 sticks of illegal cigarettes worth Rs. 79 million.

Details indicate that Customs Intelligence has strengthened its ongoing campaign against smuggled cigarettes while working directly under the direction of FBR Chairman Asim Ahmad and Director General, Customs Intelligence, Faiz Ahmad Chadhar.

Four operations were carried out in three regions over the past twenty-four hours. The Karachi Office of Customs Intelligence conducted two operations. The first operation, which involved the seizure of 250,000 sticks of foreign-brand tobacco worth Rs. 10 million, was carried out close to Bolton Market. In Karachi’s second operation, 400,000 sticks of premium cigarettes worth Rs. 25 million were seized in the Saddar neighborhood.

The intelligence-based operations were also conducted in Multan and Dera Ismail Khan, where Customs Intelligence seized 1,050,000 and 40,000 sticks of illicit cigarettes, respectively, worth Rs. 40 million and Rs. 4 million.

This brings the total number of cigarettes seized by Customs Intelligence in the current fiscal year to 39,187,000 sticks, which are worth Rs. 1.093 billion. Faiz Ahmad, Chairman of the FBR and Director General of Customs Intelligence, praised the work done by Customs Intelligence Peshawar, DI Khan, and Karachi and urged them to do more to combat the threat of smuggling.

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