Pak throws a googly, says drug could have been loaded in Indian territory
Even when the Indian customs authorities are working to crack the 105 kg heroin mystery recovered from Pakistani goods train, the Pakistan customs officials threw a ‘googly’ mentioning that ‘we don’t rule out that drug could be loaded in train between Attari and Amritsar’, Aseem Bassi reports.punjab Updated: Oct 10, 2012 20:10 IST
Even though the Indian customs authorities are still working to crack the 105 kg heroin mystery that was recovered from Pakistani goods train, the Pakistan customs officials threw a ‘googly’ mentioning that ‘ we don’t rule out that drug could be loaded in train between Attari and Amritsar’.
Customs collector Lahore, Fazal Yazdani Khan, who was in Amritsar while answering a query on seizure of 105 kg heroin from pak goods train said, “Since I was in India for past few days, I have got the details from Customs Authorities here. I have been told that metal seal was intact on the wagon of train in Attari but was found broken in Amritsar. Since the matter is under investigation, I do not rule out that heroin could be loaded in the train between Amritsar and Attari.”
“I am not suggesting this but I am not ruling this out,” he added.
Khan however stressed that such seizures were not good for the trade between both the nations and Pakistan was making serious efforts to curb the menace of smuggling.
“We have now started mettle seals on the wagon of the train and now will ensure that goods are loaded under the observation of the officials.”
Also present Amritsar Customs Commissioner, K.K. Sharma when asked about the comment of Pakistani Customs Collector, said, “You people know everything.”
Talking further, Sharma said, “The Customs is on the alert and we have also requested the Pakistani Customs to get the wagons loaded under observation.”
On a question regarding absence of scanners, Sharma said, “Too much importance is being given to scanners.”
On any breakthrough in the seizure, The Customs officer said, “It is premature to comment.”
The Pakistani Goods train from which Indian authorities had recovered 105 kg heroin and 500 live cartridges took more than four hours to reach Amritsar from Attari station.
The distance between the to destination is about 28 kilometers.
As per Indian customs rules, it is between Attari and Amritsar only the seals of the wagon of train were broken.
Meanwhile, a delegation of Indian importers and exporters also met the Pakistani Customs Collector and stressed that efforts need to be taken to curb the smuggling of heroin.
The traders mentioned that such seizures from Pakistani Goods train were hampering Indo-Pak Trade.
It was learnt that since the seizure was of a very high magnitude, the various security agencies were getting details from Customs.
First Published: Oct 10, 2012 19:26 IST