Senior Customs Officer Dismissed On Missing Dozens of Seized Vehicles

Customs Collectorate of Customs Islamabad has removed the Superintendent Incharge of Anti-Smuggling Organization (ASO), Investigation and Prosecution (I&P) from the post on missing dozens of seized vehicles. The Customs Department Islamabad parks all non-customs and illegal vehicles in this warehouse.

The scandal of missing vehicles was unearthed through an internal audit of ASO, I&P, and State Warehouse, G-12, Islamabad. The report covered the last two fiscal years 2020-21 and 2021-2022 and three months (July-September) of the current fiscal year 2022-23.

The interim Audit Report of the Customs Warehouse in Islamabad has pointed out glaring lapses by officials. Around five dozen confiscated vehicles were reported missing from the warehouse. This negligence of the officials shows not only maladministration but also points out corrupt practices by the officials.

Customs Audit report shows that basic information regarding current FIR cases against smuggling and follow-up has been found to be absent. The anti-smuggling performance of the Collectorate decreased by 21 percent during the first four months of the current fiscal year as compared to the same period of the last fiscal year.

Custom Collector Ali Hayat directed to relinquish the charge and report to Headquarters Office. Collectorate of Customs Islamabad has only 44 vehicles in its record in Oct 2022. The Collectorate will take further action on the matter after the submission of the detailed Audit report.