Pakistan seizes 7,000 liters of smuggled Iranian diesel

Pakistan seizes 7,000 liters of smuggled Iranian diesel
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Personnel of Pakistan’s coastal security forces handcuffed a smuggler after recovering 7,000 liters Iranian diesel at Arabian Sea near Manora, Karachi on Sunday, Oct 7, 2019 (Photo by Pakistan Coast Guards)
Pakistan seizes 7,000 liters of smuggled Iranian diesel
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A man sells smuggled Iranian diesel at a roadside shop in Gwadar port city of Pakistan on April 20, 2019. (AN Photo)
Pakistan seizes 7,000 liters of smuggled Iranian diesel
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A man sells smuggled Iranian diesel at a roadside shop in Gwadar port city of Pakistan on April 20, 2019. (AN Photo)
Updated 07 October 2019
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Pakistan seizes 7,000 liters of smuggled Iranian diesel

Pakistan seizes 7,000 liters of smuggled Iranian diesel
  • Smuggling of oil from Iran is causing Pakistan’s national exchequer a loss of Rs60 billion annually
  • Authorities are investigating a Pakistan national for involvement with the smuggling network

KARACHI: Pakistan Coast Guards, country’s coastal security force, has seized 7,000 liters of smuggled Iranian diesel in the Arabian Sea near Manora coast of Karachi, an official said on Monday.
“The marine wing of the Pakistan Coast Guards (PCG) has recovered 7,000 liters of Iranian diesel from secret cavities of a fishing boat near Manora. The smugglers want to traffic the diesel to different parts of Pakistan,” Safeer Mehdi, spokesperson of the PCG, told Arab News.
“The value of seized boat and diesel is estimated Rs20.49 million,” Mehdi said, adding that a Pakistani national, Jamshed Qadir, has been arrested who is now being questioned for his involvement with the smuggling network.
This is not the first recovery of Iranian smuggled diesel which is easily available in different parts of the country.
In May this year, the standing committee of Pakistan’s Senate was briefed that illegal smuggling of oil from Iran is causing the country’s national exchequer a loss of Rs60 billion annually.
Officials informed the Senate that the sale of diesel has been declined by 1.4 million tons in the last 10 months due to increased smuggling from Iran through the Pak-Iran border and Sea.
In January this year, police in Karachi thwarted a bid to transport 30,000 liters of smuggled Iranian diesel and arrested two accused. In March last year, the Coast Guards had recovered a huge cache of 100,000 liters of Iranian Diesel in Uthal area of Balochistan. Karachi police had seized 40,000 liters of smuggled Iranian diesel in the Mochko area in the city in October 2017.
In May 2015, the country’s coast guards had foiled a bid to smuggle 65,000 liters of Iranian diesel from Balochistan to Karachi.