ISLAMABAD: Continuing its incessant operations against money laundering and currency smuggling, Pakistan Customs (FBR) in a joint operation with ASF has recovered 616,000 Euros (Rs. 120 million approximately) from two passengers who happened to be brother and sister namely Ubaid Siddiqui S/o Muhammad Afzal and Aqsa Siddiqui D/o Muhammad Afzal. They were travelling to Dubai by Flight EK-605 from Jinnah International Airport, Karachi Saturday. Both have been arrested and an FIR has also been lodged. Further investigations are underway and more arrests will be made following leads obtained during interrogation, says a message delivered here Saturday.
Finance Minister, Shaukat Tarin, has commended FBR in this successful operation and its ongoing drive against money laundering and currency Smuggling. Chairman FBR/Secretary Revenue Division Dr. Muhammad Ashfaq Ahmed has congratulated Member (Customs Operations), FBR Tariq Huda and announced cash awards and merit certificates for officials of Pakistan Customs who successfully unearthed this huge amount being smuggled out in money laundering.
Needless to add that FBR is following a policy of zero tolerance against money laundering and smuggling of all shades and grades. The country’s premier revenue collection organization has introduced a number of innovative interventions both at policy and operational level to promote a culture of tax compliance across the country.