ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Customs authorities at Islamabad airport have arrested a foreign passenger arriving on a flight from Dubai, with a purpose to smuggle 6.289 kg gold jewellery.
Customs officials at the airport vigilantly kept an eye on the suspected passenger as he arrived at Benazir Bhutto International Airport. While scanning the baggage of various passengers, hand bag of a passenger, namely Abid was found containing jewellery. Examination of the bag by the customs staff led to the discovery of 6289.50 grams mixed gold and diamond studded jewellery worth Rs 30,000,000.
The detailed search of the bag also led to the recovery of a purchase invoice which revealed that the jewellery was purchased by the passenger from ASIA Jewellery LLC, Dubai on 16-01-2014. The passenger failed to produce any documentary evidence regarding legal import of the recovered jewellery establishing the fact that he attempted to smuggle recovered jewellery from Dubai into Pakistan.
The passenger was arrested and an FIR was lodged with Investigation & Prosecution Branch of Model Customs Collectorate Islamabad, under the Customs Act, 1969. Investigation & Prosecution Branch has started investigation of the case.