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Pakistan

Govt will make an example of those involved in smuggling, hoarding: interim interior minister

  • Announces reward for helping arrest smugglers, hoarders, and illegal immigrants
Published September 10, 2023

Caretaker Interior Minister Sarfraz Bugti on Sunday said the government would make an example of all those elements involved in smuggling and hoarding activities across the country.

Speaking to a press conference in Islamabad along with the information minister, Bugti said all efforts were being made to fight with the economic challenges as a state.

“We will make an example of all those, even it’s a big fish, involved in any kind of smuggling and hoarding.

“We will work together for the betterment of the country,” he said.

Challenge of smuggling: PM asks Customs, LEAs to pull their socks up

Amid severe economic challenges and prices shooting up, the caretaker government has resorted to take strict action against the smugglers and hoarders of US dollars, sugar, urea, wheat, etc.

The caretaker minister informed that at least 59 people were arrested in 48 different raids, and operations would continue in the coming days.

“From now, we will share the progress of action against smuggling, hoarding, and Hawal/Hundi on every Monday.”

Bugti reiterated that a strict action would be taken against those found guilty, and even their names and photos would also be shared with media to make them an example.

Answering a question, he said if any government officer was found involved in such activities, he/she would also be dealt with a stern punishment.

The interim minister further said the government would also take an action against illegal immigrants living in Pakistan, with measures to repatriate them.

Regarding the six abducted footballers from Balochistan’s Dera Bugti on Sunday, the minister said an operation was underway for the recovery of the athletes.

The footballers were kidnapped while travelling to Sibi to participate in qualifying round of the All Pakistan Chief Minister Gold Cup football tournament.

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Johnny Walker Sep 10, 2023 09:29pm
Ha Ha Ha. Heard it all before. Jokers galore.
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maqbool Sep 10, 2023 09:32pm
hopefully implementation will follow, not the normal talk, talk, talk . We taxpayers are fed up of paying salaries of burocrats who don't do their job, and get free bijli petrol and tax free pensions because their bosses are incapable to implement anything .
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KU Sep 10, 2023 09:39pm
Smuggling of fuel and many other goods has been going on, from at least 4 different locations in Balochistan, for the last many decades, and under the very noses of the law agencies. An official agreement with Iran on trade through these borders will put to rest all efforts in the smuggling of these goods.
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SAMIR SARDANA Sep 10, 2023 11:07pm
WHAT DO SMUGGLERS NEED ? USD ! WHAT DO THEY BUY USD WITH ? PKR ! ANY COMBO WILL NEED PKR TO BE CHANGED TO USD AND USD HAS TO BE SMUGGLED OUT OF PAKISTAN ! WHICH NOTE IS USED, IN TERMS OF PKR CURRENCY ? RS 5000 NOTE ! WHAT DOES SBP DATA SHOW ? IT WILL SHOW THAT RS 5000 NOTES COMING TO THE BANKING SYSTEM IS ABYSMALLY LOW ! THE % OF NOTES OF 5000, IN THE BANKS,MIGHT BE THE LOWEST IN THE WORLD,FOR ANY HIGHEST DENOMINATION NOTE, IN THE WORLD ! IF TRUE - THEN THIS NOTE IS ALSO BEING USED FOR TERROR AND NARCO AND TRAFFICKING ! WITHOUT THIS NOTE THE GREY MARKET IN USD FOR SMUGGLERS AND LAUNDERERS WILL BE SEVERELY HIT ! WHAT IS THE ALT ? GOLD ? USING GOLD TO BUY USD AND SELL USD IN LARGE NUMBER OF TRANSACTIONS PER DAY IS A NIGHTMARE WHICH IS Y THE GOP IS TRYING TO AXE THE RS 5000 NOTE ! IT WILL ALSO CRIPPLE THE CASH CHEST OF THE PTI AND IMRAN AND BE A SUPER PROFIT FOR NOTE CONVERTERS ! SAMIR SARDANA
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