A team of Customs Anti-Smuggling officials has recovered 638 Samsung smartphones from two passenger buses traveling from Peshawar to Lahore.
According to sources, the Pakistan Customs officials acted on an anonymous tip-off and apprehended a passenger from Bilal Travel’s bus which was stopped near Shera Kot.
Upon searching, the team recovered 314 Samsung smartphones along with some prohibited medicines. Cargo service of Bilal Travel was also raided in Lahore where the officials possessed the remaining 324 phones.
The value of the seized smartphones is more than Rs. 10 million. The authorities have arrested a person named Taj Wali and have started an investigation against the party that ordered the consignment of these phones in the first place.
The gray import of mobile phones is the growing pandemic that is overshadowing the handset industry in Pakistan. The recovered smartphones were of Samsung J5 and J7 and were being transferred to Lahore where they would have been supplied to various retailers at Hall Road.
Last month Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA) drafted a new policy where it aims to end the reign of mobile phones smuggling via the introduction of Mobile Devices Identification, Registration and Blocking System (DIRBS).
Under this system, all legally imported phones will be registered wth the authorities whereas other mobile phones will be blacklisted and thus will be rendered useless.