Pakistan destroys illegal drugs on International Customs Day

Karachi, Jan 27: Anti-narcotic and customs officials in Pakistan have destroyed illegal drugs worth around 102 million dollars in the international market.

The announcement was made on the occasion of International Customs Day, which was observed on Saturday.

The contraband goods had been seized by Customs authorities in raids across the country.

The day is observed across the world under the sponsorship of the World Customs Organisation (WCO), the only inter-governmental organization exclusively focusing on smuggling and illegal imports which came into being in 1952.

On Jan ary 26 every year the Customs administrations of 178 member States of the WCO organize various national events to celebrate the day.

In Karachi, Customs authorities destroyed 200 kilograms of heroin powder, 4850 kilograms of hashish, hundreds of bottles of liquor, and piles of betel-nuts.

Pakistan is a major conduit for drugs flowing out of its western neighbour, Afghanistan, which is the world’s largest producer of heroin and a major hashish producer.

Production has soared to near record levels in Afghanistan since the overthrow of the Taliban late in 2001, despite the presence of thousands of U.S.-led troops in the country.

The year 2013 has been dedicated to the promotion of innovation in customs matters and the theme for 2013 is “Innovation for Customs Progress.” (ANI)