Iranian fuel worth millions seized in major Karachi raid

Karachi law enforcement agencies recently raided a storage facility in Paharganj, North Nazimabad, finding millions worth of smuggled Iranian diesel and kerosene oil.

The targeted warehouse, situated in North Nazimabad, Block P, yielded a substantial haul, including 100,000 liters of diesel and 30,000 liters of kerosene oil.

The raid resulted in the confiscation of diesel dispensers, Rs700,000 in cash, 20 barrels filled with diesel, 4 oil dumping tanks, mini trucks, and 13 vehicles. However, discrepancies emerged with the Shahra-e-Noor Jahan police registering two separate cases.

They reported seizing three vehicles, 5,600 liters of diesel, and 300 liters of kerosene oil, raising questions about the accuracy of the inventory.

Ongoing investigation

The District Central SSP explained that the diesel contained in the tanks couldn’t be readily transported to the police station, prompting an ongoing investigation. Additionally, it was discovered that Rs700,000 in cash recovered during the operation was not documented in the registered cases.

Attempts to seek clarification from the police were unsuccessful, as the District Central SSP abruptly ended the conversation.

Meanwhile, a spokesperson representing the District Central SSP acknowledged the success of the joint operation, confirming the seizure of a substantial quantity of illegal diesel and kerosene oil in Karachi.

Two suspects, identified as Babar, son of Abdul Ghaffar, and Sadiq Islam, son of Aziz Muhammad, were apprehended, while a third accomplice managed to evade capture.

According to the spokesperson, Babar was caught with a significant amount of diesel in a Suzuki Pickup with registration number ZID 0261, while Sadiq was found transporting diesel in a Mazda Mini Truck bearing registration number JQ 1565, both of which were seized.

Additionally, an unidentified driver abandoned his Suzuki Pickup, registered as AS 7884, loaded with a considerable quantity of diesel, which was also confiscated by the authorities.

Separately, it is worth noting that Defence Minister Khawaja Asif recently expressed optimism regarding the completion of the Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline project despite the US sanctions.

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