PM Approves Customs Authority To Curb Menace Of Smuggling

Prime Minister Imran Khan has approved establishment of customs authority to curb smuggling of goods, worth billions of rupees taking place on the borders of Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa every year.

This was stated by the Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Information, Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan while addressing a press conference Islamabad.

She gave details of a meeting chaired by Prime Minister Imran Khan on finalizing a strategy against the menace of smuggling.

During the two-hour long meeting attended by representatives of relevant ministries, different measures were considered to stop smuggling and discourage illegal trade through a roadmap and practical steps,

She said customs check posts in the merged districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan would be improved.

The strategy to stop smuggling would lead to a new phase of progress and prosperity after 72 years.

This national anti smuggling strategy had been formulated and approved for the first time in Pakistan.

She said the first target of the government is to stop the theft, pilferage of revenue and financial loss to the national exchequer.

The total loss incurred due to smuggling every year is in billions and the figures were alarming for a country burdened with debt and inflation which in turn was creating problems for the common man.