Although the government of Pakistan is making lots of efforts to curb mobile phones smuggling in the country, it appears, it isn’t going to stop anytime soon unless some serious measures are taken.
Authorities after following a tip arrested a passenger Nadeem who landed via Oman Airlines at Allama Iqbal International Airport, Lahore. The accused carried 1305 smartphones of various brands which according to customs worth Rs. 19 million, city42 reported.
After questioning, Nadeem revealed about his associate who had come to pick him. Sheikh Jameel, who was arrested later from the airport parking, turned out to be a leader of Pakistan Muslim League (N). He is the ex-president of PP 138 and a case has been registered against the accused.
According to reports, the smartphones were concealed in the packing of Ab-e-Zamzam (holy water).
Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has numerous times announced to block unregistered mobiles in Pakistan. The system which it calls DIRBS is meant to stop the mobile phones smuggling in the country. Despite multiple deadlines during past 3 months from the authority, the system has not been implemented yet in its full form.