APSA files petition on malicious propaganda

Staff Reporter

Karachi

The members of All Pakistan Shipping Association (APSA), the representative body of shipping fraternity, have filed defamatory suits 92/2018, 93/2018 and 95/2018 before the District and Session Court Karachi under Defamation Ordinance 2002 and the court has pleased to restrain Customs today from making or circulating any defamatory statements in written or spoken, directly or indirectly and a Criminal Complaint under section 499/500 Pakistan Penal Code is being lodged against website and its agents and management. According to APSA its members handle the entire seaborne trade of Pakistan amounting to almost 70 billion rupees each year and contribute several hundred million dollars to the national exchequer each year. APSA has expressed its grave concern at the heinous and libelous campaign which is relentlessly being disseminated by an unregistered, tabloid website “Customs today” for the last two months against its member shipping lines, terminal operators and their respective principals, directors and employees of alleged blackmailing and breach of trust and provisions of Pakistan Custom Act. While condemning this malicious concocted and baseless campaign and demanded the regulatory bodies i.e. PEMRA, Ministry of Port and Shipping, and FIA Cybercrime wing to take immediate action to stop the spread of these malicious and false allegations of this unregistered website, run and managed by a freight forwarder “Global Logistics Co” (both owned by the same person Mr. Shahid Mehmood, having CNIC No.3520203001251) using it to blackmail the customs officials and shipping lines/terminal operators in order to provide cover to a group of importers for release of their shipments held by customs due to mis-declaration for duty-tax evasion, and to get waivers on carriers and terminals dues.

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