Zero tolerance against smuggling and hoarding: Bugti

Says all state institutions and provincial authorities committed to going to any extent to eradicate menaces of smuggling and hoarding.

ISLAMABAD: Caretaker Interior Minister Sarfaraz Ahmed Bugti has announced to launch a massive crackdown against hoarders saying there will be zero tolerance against smuggling and hoarding.

Addressing a news conference along with caretaker Minister for Information and Broadcasting Murtaza Solangi in Islamabad on Sunday evening, he said all the state institutions and provincial authorities were committed to going to any extent to eradicate the menaces of smuggling and hoarding in the country.

The interior minister said operation against smuggling of wheat, sugar, urea, dollars and other commodities had been continuing and the government had recovered sugar and urea, thousands of metric tonnes in various parts of the country.

He said 59 people involved in the illegal business of hawala hundi had also been arrested. But what an irony it is that now the elements involved in smuggling have started hoarding of various things. However, he made it clear that no one would be spared and the state machinery is determined to curb smuggling and hoarding.

Sarfaraz Bugti also announced price money for Pakistani citizens, who will help the government authorities, in identifying smuggling rackets. He said action will also be taken against illegal immigrants in the country and soon price money will be announced in this regard.

To a question regarding terrorists’ attacks from Afghanistan, Bugti urged the Afghan government to abide by the Doha Agreement which ensures that Afghan soil will not be used against any country.

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