The Directorate of Intelligence & Investigation (IR) of Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has seized 1020 cartons of counterfeit cigarettes (10.20 million sticks) stocked in secret warehouses in Peshawar.
The counterfeit cigarettes were burnt down today at 11 am in the presence of media and witnesses.
Brands of Cigarettes
870 cartons of Gold Leaf, Red & White, Morven, Capstan, Gold Flake, Pine, C-Pec, Bridge etc. were confiscated, while 150 cartons of Chunghwa, Marlboro, Dunhill, Seven Stars, Grand, Winston & Pine were also seized from the warehouses.
The intelligence wing of the FBR received an intel report from its sources regarding the secret warehouses within the premises of District Peshawar where huge quantities of counterfeit cigarettes were stored. The mobile squad of FBR was assigned the task of collecting samples the cigarettes from the specified locations, to test the credibility of the report, without revealing their identity.
Four go-downs were discovered with stocks of counterfeit cigarettes near Chughal Pura, Ring Road Bridge Peshawar. The authorized officers along with supporting staff visited the locations and seized the stocks of cigarettes in compliance with the Section 27(1) of the Federal Excise Act 2005.