ISLAMABAD: The Federal Board of Revenue has constituted a committee comprising customs intelligence and other officials to carry out an investigation into Gadani incident, in which collision between two passenger coaches and a petrol tanker carrying smuggled Iranian diesel killed 35 people in Hub.
As per details, the FBR wants to investigate the unabated smuggling of Iranian POL products through and reasons behind smuggling of such products even in the presence of customs checkpost. A high-level committee comprising Director General of Intelligence and Investigation Customs, Chief Collector of Customs Enforcement (South), Director Intelligence Karachi and other senior customs officials visited Customs checkpost of Khurkhera, some 60-km away from Gadani and questioned Collector Model Customs Collectorate Gwadar and Additional Collector Model Customs Collectorate Gwadar.
The special committee has been tasked with carrying out an in-depth probe into the whole incidence of smuggling of Iranian POL products in Balochistan. The committee also inquired about the steps being taken to check smuggling of POL products and also directed the Collector Model Customs Collectorate Gwadar and Additional Collector Model Customs Collectorate Gwadar to explain reasons behind broad daylight smuggling incidents. The role of MCC Preventive Karachi in controlling smuggling was also discussed by the committee.
The committee also inquired about the reasons behind smuggling of Iranian POL products in the presence of the customs check posts in Gadani. The FBR also wanted to probe the actual beneficiaries of the whole game of smuggling where even customs check posts in Gadani were unable to fully control the menace, they added.