At Lahore Airport in Pakistan, authorities from the Pakistan Customs have confiscated an estimated Rs100 million worth of imported mobile phones, drones, and Play Stations. The Customs officials were acting on information received from Collector Customs Lahore Airport, Mehreen Naseem, and led by AC Customs, Sobia Azam.
During the operation, the officials seized 1,044 mobile phones, including the latest models such as i 11, i 12, and i 13, along with drones and five Play Stations. The smuggled goods were being carried by a man and his son who were travelling from Abu Dhabi to Lahore on Flight No EY-241.
According to sources, the seized electronic devices are of great value, with estimates exceeding Rs100 million. It is alleged that the passengers had conspired with a notorious customs superintendent to smuggle the goods through, but their plan was foiled by the high-ups of Customs.
The sources also claimed that the superintendent regularly stays in touch with “khepiya” in order to make money, and that the high-ups of Customs are aware of this but remain silent. This raises concerns about corruption and the effectiveness of the Customs officials in carrying out their duties.
Despite attempts to obtain a comment from Collector Mehreen Naseem, she did not respond to the query. This incident highlights the ongoing challenges faced by Customs officials in Pakistan to prevent the smuggling of illegal goods into the country.