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Confiscated goods’ auction fetches over Rs. 16 b in 5 years

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ISLAMABAD: The authorities concerned have amassed Rs. 16.124 billion through auction and disposal of different confiscated/smuggled goods during the last five years.
The confiscated goods are disposed of through open public auction as provided in auction/customs rules. A variety of smuggled goods have been confiscated in the country by Pakistan Customs during the period and these included tea, auto parts, cigarettes, medicines, antiques, crockery, vehicles, cloth, tires and tubes, diesel, electronic goods, and narcotics etc.
Elaborating procedure for the auction of confiscated goods, sources at Finance and Revenue Division on Sunday said as per auction rules, the Collector or an authorized officer shall nominate an auctioneer from amongst registered auctioneers to conduct an auction of confiscated goods.  The amounts and names of the highest and second highest bidders are recorded in the file by customs staff supervising the process along with copies of National  Identity Card as well as NTN of the successful bidder.
The auctioneer on receipt of a certificate issued by Collector or an authorized officer to the effect that the whole amount of bid has been realized, issues under his seal, a delivery order. The sources said there are certain items like arms and ammunition, liquor/narcotics and like goods which cannot be put to auction.
It is pertinent to mention here that goods like confiscated narcotics and expired/banned/hazardous items/goods, not fit for human consumption, are destroyed.  However, arms and ammunition of prohibited and non-prohibited bores are disposed of by allocating the same to an agency/department having anti-smuggling powers for their official use.

 

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Ali Raza Abidi murder: CTD tells court it identified suspects

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KARACHI: An anti-terrorism court here has directed the Counter-terrorism Department (CTD) of Sindh police to arrest three absconding accused in the Ali Raza Abidi murder case and present them before it on next hearing.

In a major headway, CTD investigators have identified the suspect who fired shots at the Muttahida Qaumi Movement – Pakistan (MQM-P) leader, according to a progress report submitted to the court.

Suspect Bilal, one of the three absconding accused, shot at Ali Raza Abidi, said CTD, adding the absconders will be arrested soon.

Meanwhile, the court issued non-bailable warrants for the arrest of the accused and directed CTD to nab and present them before it on the next hearing.

 

 

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Fake bank accounts: NAB gets physical remand of key accused

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Court grants physical

ISLAMABAD: An accountability court here handed over Iqbal Khan Noori, one of the key suspects in the fake bank accounts case, to the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on 14-day physical remand for questioning.

NAB officials produced Noori before the accountability judge and sought his physical remand for interrogation. The court remanded the accused in the bureau’s custody for 14 days and adjourned the hearing until May 2.

Meanwhile, the judge granted a plea of the suspect’s family seeking permission to meet him.

Noori, director of M/s Rubicon owned by Younas Kudwai – front man of Asif Ali Zardari, CEO of M/s Park Lane – is among the 30 accused named in the case.

 

 

 

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Markan: Terrorists shot 14 passengers dead on Coastal Highway

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MAKRAN: Terrorists offloaded passengers from a bus on Coastal Highway near Ormara here today and shot at least 14 of them.

According to sources privy to NPTV some 20 unidentified gunmen (wearing FC uniforms) stopped passenger buses plying from Karachi towards Gawadar. At 1am they offloaded sixteen passengers from a bus carrying over 36 passengers in Buzi Top area and killed forteen of them at close range after identifying the victims by means of their NICs.

Prime Minister Imran Khan condemning the act of terrorism sought report into the incident. He has ordered the concerned authorities to identify the culprits and book them under Anti-Terrorism Law. 

Chief Minister Balochistan Jam Kamal stated that such acts were on the agenda of anti-state elements as they wanted Balochistan to remain backward region sans any development: “Progress will continue no matter what”, he held. 

“These cowardly terrorists showed the extent of their barbarism by murdering innocent passengers,” the CM maintained. 

“The people of Balochistan look upon terrorists who follow the agenda of foreign elements with hate. Through the support of the people, terrorism will be eliminated and the terrorists will continue to be brought to justice,” Jam Kamal stated. 

Information Minister Ch. Fawad Hussain took to the Twitter saying all the perpetrators involved in recent attacks in the country would be apprehended and brought to justice. 

Leader of the Oppositionof PML-N’s Shehbaz Sharif and PPP-P Co-Chairman Asif Ali Zardari have also strongly condemned the killings.  PPP-P Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari held that PTI Govt. had failed in containing terrorism. 

 

 

 

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