Big quantity of counterfeit cigarettes seized

Staff Reporter

Police have seized four truckloads of counterfeit cigarettes and arrested nine suspects involved in smuggling of the counterfeit cigarettes brands to different areas in the country.

Administration has registered a criminal case against the Managing Director (MD) of Wayward company Babar Taj and others.

On a tip-off, the administration carried out a raid when the four trucks carrying counterfeit cigarettes of different brands were on their way to various parts of the country and seized the material.

A private Prado vehicle that was being used to clear the route for the trucks has also been seized.

Members of the civil society and traders have already identified a factory in the area of Muzaffarabad too where counterfeit cigarettes are manufactured and subsequently supplied in different areas of Pakistan, but the government has yet to initiate a strict action against its owner who is believed to be well connected in the power corridors.

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