KARACHI - The customs team of intelligence and investigation has conducted raid on the godown in Chanti Gali near Bolton market and seized a huge quantity of various smuggled cigarette brands including Pine, Ashima, Oris, Marlboro, Dunhill and Ruub.  According to information, the raid was conducted with the support of Pakistan Rangers and as a result smuggled cigarettes of worth Rs 60 million were seized from the godown. The quantum of the seizure of smuggled cigarettes is said to be quite big as 7 trucks had to be hired to transport the seized illegal cigarette to the customs compound.  Pakistan is facing billions of rupees loss annually due to smuggling of cigarettes.

Understanding the severity of the issue, the FBR has started crackdown operation against the mafia involved in this menace.