PMSA seizes largest haul of smuggled liquor
KARACHI (92 News) – Pakistan Maritime Security Agency (PMSA) on Wednesday seized the largest haul of liquor during a major operation at Makran Coast in Balochistan.
According to the DG Maritime Security, the PMSA personnel conducted a raid near Makran Coast at a boat seizing more than 65,000 liquor bottles of over Rs. 400 million worth, which were being smuggled to Pakistan by sea.
Director General Maritime Security Rear Admiral Muhammad Zakaur Rehman has said that the PMSA staff, on secret information, conducted raid at a boat in the night between March 11 and 12. The boat was arrived from a Gulf port to Makran Coast.
He said that the PMSA officials found over 65,000 liquor bottles and cans of bear in the launch. Seven accused were also arrested during the raid. He added that the arrested men are Pakistani national.
The rear admiral has said that the seized liquor consignment has been handed over to the Customs to initiate legal proceedings against the accused. The PMSA officials have said that the maritime agency was determined to curb smuggling of drugs and all illegal activities in the sea.
Collector Customs (Preventive) Dr Fareed has said that an investigation will be launched against the elements involved in smuggling of liquor. A consignment of smuggled liquor was also seized by Pakistan Navy in February with a worth of around Rs 20 million.
Pakistan Navy apprehended large hoard of liquor near Ormara
Earlier on Feb 15, Pakistan Navy conducted an intelligence based operation (IBO) near Ormara and seized Rs20 million worth of liquor being smuggled into the country.
According to the Pakistan Navy, the seized alcohol has been handed over to Pakistan Customs for further investigation. The Pakistan Navy seized 4800 cans of beer and 2460 bottles of liquor worth Rs 20.0 million which were being smuggled to Pakistan through sea.
A spokesman for the Navy said the operation was successful due to planning, vigilance and intelligence. He added that the Pakistan Navy was determined to maintain maritime security.
The operation was executed with meticulous planning, consistent surveillance and obtaining precise intelligence, which demonstrates Pakistan Navy’s resolve to prevent any kind of unlawful activities taking place along our coast and adjacent sea areas. Pakistan Navy remains committed to its national and international obligations to maintain peace and order at sea.