Customs fails cigarette smuggling bid at Karachi Airport

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KARACHI: The customs officials on Monday thwarted a cigarette smuggling attempt at Jinnah International Airport, Karachi.

As per the customs spokesperson, a total of six Jeddah-bound passengers were arrested at Karachi airport for the alleged smuggling of 28,000 cigarette packets and other prohibited goods.

“More than 28,000 cigarette packets, worth millions, were recovered during the search,” the customs spokesperson maintained.

The Deputy Collector Customs officials stated that 1,710 packets of tobacco [moist snuff], a prohibited item, were also recovered from the Jeddah-bound passenger.

Earlier, Karachi’s Jinnah International Airport stands ready to commence the Road to Mecca Project’s operations from next week.

A meeting took place at Jinnah International Airport in Karachi to discuss the arrangements for the upcoming Hajj pilgrimage, particularly focusing on the Road to Mecca Project.

Various airport stakeholders, including airlines, ground handling agencies, Border Health Services, Airport Security Force, FIA, Customs, and Anti-Narcotics Force, attended the meeting led by Airport Manager Erfan Khan and Deputy Airport Manager Saif Ur Rehman.

The meeting focused on the procedures involved in the different stages of the Hajj pilgrims stay at the airport, starting from their arrival at the terminal to their departure, following Saudi immigration formalities in the international departure satellite area.

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