“The Directorate of Customs Intelligence and Investigation (I&I) has recovered Indian cosmetic goods and associated items worth Rs 322 million.” Director I&I Syed Asad Raza Rizvi revealed this during a news conference at the Directorate on Monday morning. He stated that the Directorate has obtained credible evidence that a large cache of cosmetics and auxiliary imported items was being smuggled across the city, dodging a significant amount of duty and taxes.
As a result, he claimed, anti-smuggling squads tracked the car, which was filled with contraband and smuggled imported items, and apprehended it near Bhati Chowk (Data Darbar), recovering the smuggled goods from India. After a brief struggle from the detainees, he added, the Directorate raided a godown across the western end of the River Ravi and took over the godown, which was replete with abundant storage of cosmetics and similar products in vast quantities. It was discovered that the godwon is owned by Wahed Ullah, a known smuggler from Peshawar.
He stated that a FIR has been filed against Wahed Ullah, and that further investigation has been launched to identify the racket’s accomplices. He highlighted the Directorate’s performance over the previous year, saying that during the financial year 2020-21, the Directorate generated unprecedented revenue of Rs 5536 million and registered 277 cases.