ISLAMABAD – In line with Prime Minister Imran Khan’s vision to combat smuggling, Customs officers stationed at Jinnah International Airport, Karachi, continue to crack down on the illegal movement of narcotics and contraband.
This consistent effort by Customs staff resulted in the confiscation of 2.4 kilograms of narcotics (pure cocaine) from two passengers arriving from an African country via Qatar, the Federal Revenue Council (FBR) said in a statement. The total value of the narcotics seized is estimated at Rs 49 million.
Further legal proceedings against the two foreign nationals are ongoing.
Drug Enforcement Cell personnel from the Airport Collectorate of Pakistan Customs who were dispatched to the International Post Office in Karachi have confiscated cigarettes filled with marijuana.
Irfan Ali, a spokesman for Customs, said on Tuesday, Customs received intelligence reports that the postal package was used to smuggle marijuana into the country from abroad, and that it was being sold in luxury Karachi areas at exorbitant prices as demanded. it has increased.
To that end, the Irfan-ur-Rehman Airport Customs Collector assigns a special task to the Farah Faroque Airport Additional Collector and the Inamullah Airport Customs Collector Deputy to use all available resources to crack down on drug smuggling from abroad. The personnel represented at IMO are directed to supervise incoming postal parcels, and in this case the customs officers themselves go to the post office.
A package in transit from England to Germany, stating that it contained decorative fabrics and frames, was stopped and inspected. After being examined, it was discovered that the package contained 73 cigarettes containing marijuana. Officers confiscated a shipment and 170 grams of marijuana valued at Rs250,000. A case has been registered under the Customs and Narcotics Act.
Tensions in Myanmar are at an all-time high after the country’s military seized power in a coup Monday morning, detaining democratically elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi and other senior members of the government.
Suu Kyi’s party, the National League for Democracy (NLD), won a landslide victory in the country’s November elections, winning more than 80 percent of the vote.
The military coup comes as the country’s new parliament meets for the first time, with generals justifying the power struggle accusing widespread electoral fraud that resulted in the army imposing a year of emergency.
As a military convoy rushed towards the path of the soldiers who had blocked the road to the Myanmar parliament, a sports teacher was unwittingly caught on camera.
The teacher is seen dancing to cheerful techno music, apparently oblivious to the fact that a military takeover is taking place right behind him.
The footage was originally posted to Facebook by Khing Hnin Wai, a sports teacher at the Ministry of Education who regularly posts exercise videos from the same location in Naypyidaw. The video has been verified by Storyful.
Footage of the coup shocked social media viewers after telephones and internet in the capitals of Naypyidaw and Yangon were interrupted and state TV turned off after leaders from the NLD party were arrested.
Troops lined the streets of Yangon’s commercial center as residents rushed to stockpile supplies from markets and others connected at ATMs to withdraw cash, before banks cut service due to poor internet connections.
The coup has sparked international outrage, with many world leaders condemning Myanmar’s military and calling for the release of Suu Kyi and other detained officials.
Citizens were urged to protest
Suu Kyi has not been heard or seen since the military took control, but the statements she wrote in anticipation of the coup were published on the NLD’s verified Facebook page.
“The military action is an act of bringing the country back under a dictatorship,” read the statement, which contained Suu Kyi’s name but was not signed.
“I urge the people not to accept this, to respond and with all my heart to protest the coup by the military.”
The statement was issued by party chairman Win Htein, who in a handwritten note at the bottom emphasizes that it is genuine and reflects Suu Kyi’s wishes.
“In my life, I swear, that this request to these people is Aung San Suu Kyi’s genuine statement,” he wrote.
Some pro-military supporters celebrated the coup by parading through Yangon in pick-up trucks and waving national flags, but others were shocked.
“Our country is a bird that has just learned to fly. Now the army is breaking our wings,” student activist Si Thu Tun told Reuters.
The aerobics teacher in Myanmar records her routine dance as her camera captures a military convoy on its way to overthrow Myanmar’s democratically elected government. pic.twitter.com/OKoh4sf1Mz
Mobs of Myanmar migrant workers in Thailand protested in front of their embassy after the news broke on Monday.
Dressed in red, the color of the NLD, Myanmar protesters in Bangkok held up a poster of the military commander reading “Shame on you, dictator”.
“I woke up today and saw the news that Ms. Suu was arrested. I want her to be released,” one protester told Thai media.
“The army ruled our country for 50 years and we suffered.”
About two dozen riot police attempted to disperse the protest, clashing with protesters.
A police spokesman said several people were detained for questioning after Thai protesters threw stones and colored smoke bombs.
Who is Aung San Suu Kyi?
Suu Kyi, 75, is a hugely popular figure in Myanmar for her persistent stand against the military.
In 1991, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his decision to challenge the country’s military rule and he was heralded as a beacon for human rights.
His opposition to the military saw him spend nearly 15 years under house arrest, between 1989 and 2010.
In 2015, his party won a landslide victory, but the constitution prohibited him from becoming president. Despite this, he is widely considered to be the country’s de facto leader.
Suu Kyi’s international image was torn during her time in power after she defended a military-backed crackdown in 2017 against the country’s Rohingya Muslim community.
About 750,000 Rohingya were forced to flee to neighboring Bangladesh during the campaign, which UN investigators say constituted genocide.
Despite this, he still has many supporters in Myanmar, which saw him win a landslide victory in the 2020 elections.
Who is Min Aung Hlaing?
General Min Aung Hlaing is the head of Myanmar’s military and arguably the most powerful individual in the country.
The 64-year-old became commander of the country’s military in 2011, when Myanmar began a transition to democracy after decades of military rule.
When the NLD won the election in 2015 and came to power, she appeared to be adapting to the transition, appearing on various shows with Suu Kyi.
However, he did ensure the military continues to have government influence by holding 25 percent of parliamentary seats.
In 2017, he was criticized for a military crackdown on the Rohingya ethnic minority, whose operations he supervises.
It was General Hlaing’s comments after the 2020 elections that raised fears of a planned military coup.
He said revoking the constitution ruled by the 2008 junta could be “necessary” under certain circumstances following allegations of voter fraud.
General Hlaing’s comments, translated into English and published in the army-run Myawady newspaper, sent shockwaves through a youthful democracy, which is only a decade out of the grip of 49 years of military dictatorship.
What is happening right now?
With a one-year state of emergency now in effect in Myanmar, all power has been transferred to General Hlaing.
Myint Swe, a former general who runs Yangon’s powerful military command and current vice president of Myanmar, will become acting president for next year.
However, it will be the military commander running the show.
In a statement read on military-run Myawaddy TV signed by Swe, he said “legislative, judicial and executive powers” had been transferred to General Hlaing, effectively returning Myanmar to military rule.
The army then promised to hold new elections after a year-long state of emergency.
“Free and fair multiparty elections will be held and then the responsibility of the state will be left to the winning party,” said a statement on the military’s official Facebook page.
No matter what happens next, the general will try to “pile up the game in his favor”, said Herve Lemahieu of Australia’s Lowy Institute.
Governments around the world have condemned the military coup, with New Zealand, Australia, Great Britain, the US, Canada and Singapore just a few countries that have expressed concern.
US President Joe Biden has warned of a return to sanctions for Myanmar if the military does not back down.
“The United States will defend democracy wherever it is attacked,” Biden said, demanding that the military “immediately relinquish the powers they have taken”.
LAHORE: The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has seized the assets of Shahbaz family members who were declared offenders in out-of-control assets and money laundering references by the court.
This development took place during a reference hearing in the accountability court where NAB filed an implementation report regarding the confiscation of assets of the offenders cited in the case. The court was informed that the bureau had confiscated assets of Shahbaz’s wife Sharif Nusrat Shahbaz, son of Suleman Shahbaz, daughter of Rabia Imran and son-in-law of Haroon Yousaf.
Prison authorities brought Shahbaz and his son Hamza Shahbaz to court, both of whom are accused in the case. During the trial, Shahbaz notified the court about his health problems and accused the government of not taking them seriously. He said he had received his worrying medical report. He accused the government of hiding his medical reports for 15 days. Only orthopedic doctors go to jail on Monday. He told the court that the government panel of doctors did not include cancer doctors. The board of doctors came only for formality, he said, adding that the board of doctors itself was wondering why other doctors were not included.
He asked the court to put a doctor on the board, which had been examining him for 20 years. Regarding this, the judge directed Shahbaz to submit a comprehensive written request so that he could forward it to the relevant venue.
Meanwhile, lawyer Shahbaz Sharif cross-examined prosecuting witness Khalid Mehmood, after which the court adjourned the trial until January 4. The court has summoned prosecuting witnesses including Ibrahim Malik and Muhammad Sharif at the next trial.
PML-N Deputy Secretary General Ata Tarar, after an audience while speaking with the media, said that according to all available NAB documents, not a single cent of corruption could be proven against Shahbaz Sharif.
He says the people involved in the flour, sugar, medicine and LNG scandals are roaming freely and no one is asking how Bani Gala is organized. He said the FIA had so far interrogated Shahbaz Sharif in prison for only 7 minutes 23 seconds. He claims that when the NAB failed to prove anything against Shahbaz, Shehzad Akbar, who owns foreign property, left the investigation to the FIA. Traveling in an armored vehicle has exacerbated Shahbaz Sharif’s backache. He alleged that on PM Imran Khan’s personal order, Shahbaz Sharif’s medial report was delayed. “We are taking Shahbaz Gill and Shehzad Akbar to court,” he said.