Task Force to check smuggling via sea: Malik

Minister for Interior Rehman Malik has said that a special task force has been set up to check smuggling via sea routes.

“The force will look into all options, ways and means to check human trafficking out of the country and check smuggling of fuel from Iran into the country,” he said here Monday while talking to newsmen after meeting with the DG FIA, Waseem Ahmed, DG Coast Guards, Brig. Shahryar Khan, and DG Rangers Sindh, Maj. General Ijaz Choudhry.

The Minister said that anti-immigration laws will be redefined to give more powers to the Coast Guards so that it could check human smuggling more effectively.

He said coastal areas of Balochistan were being widely used by the smugglers for human trafficking via Iran to UAE and European countries while diesel fuel was being smuggled into the country also from Iran.

“Cheap fuel diesel is not only smuggled into Pakistan but also transported to Afghanistan,” he pointed out.

Malik said that, besides fuel, the smuggling of other food items into Afghanistan was also being checked by the forces posted on borders.

Referring to the law and order situation in Karachi, the Minister said that he discussed the issue with the DG Rangers in detail and added that fruitful results have been achieved after empowering Rangers with powers as that of police on the request of Government of Sindh.

To a question about the case of American national Reymond Davis, the Minister said that there was no pressure on the government and the law will take its due course.

“Trust the Punjab Government and the Police, there is no interference,” he added.

Earlier, he held separate meetings with DG Rangers, FIA and the Coast Guards.