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Mega-customs scam explains a lot

September 9, 2010

In Pakistan, 11,000 containers intended for ISAF military forces in Afghanistan over the past two years have “disappeared.”  If all these containers are being stolen by a corrupt Pakistani customs service, that may also help explain how so much cash can be smuggled in and out of Afghanistan (see here, here, and here) without detection.  Thanks to Puneet for sending this in from PakistanKaKhudaHafiz:

ISLAMABAD (Online) – The biggest scam of customs has been reported in country’s history, which relates to the provision of equipment to Isaf (International Security Assistance Force) as containers worth over Rs 220 billion with prohibited and non-prohibited luggage have went missing during the last two years.

According to a private TV channel, more than 11,000 containers, utilised to bring equipment for Nato forces in Afghanistan, disappeared during the period owing to corruption in Customs.

The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) says these containers were imported to provide equipments to the Nato forces that contained weapons, whisky, military uniform and other prohibited and non-prohibited luggage, adding that during last two years, around 11,727 containers were imported but the goods were unloaded in Pakistan despite the fact that these were meant for Afghanistan.

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