Pakistan torches tonnes of narcotics, contraband on Customs Day

Pakistan on Friday (January 26) observed International Customs Day by destroying huge quantities of narcotics and smuggled contraband, worth million of rupees on the market, officials said.

Customs authorities destroyed over 6.5 tonnes of hashish, more than 33,000 bottles of alcohol, and other miscellaneous contraband goods and medicines, worth tens of millions of Pakistani rupees ($1 = 110 Pakistani rupees) according to officials, on the outskirts of Pakistan’s port city of Karachi.

The contraband goods had been seized by customs authorities in raids across the country. Pakistan is a major conduit for drugs flowing out of its western neighbor, Afghanistan, which is the world’s largest producer of heroin and a major hashish producer.

Customs Day is observed across the world under the sponsorship of the World Customs Organisation (WCO), the only inter-governmental organization focusing exclusively on smuggling and illegal imports.

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