LAHORE - The Customs authorities yesterday arrested a Chinese national and recovered more than 800 latest cell phones from his possession.

Sources in Customs said that the Chinese was on his way to Hall road in his car when Superintendent Customs Waqar Cheema nabbed him along with his team. The Customs’ anti smuggling team, during search of his vehicle, recovered more than 800 mobile phone of a renowned company.

The team member arrested the accused, unnamed yet, and registered case against him under Customs Act.

Sources said that he was going to supply the same phone on Hall Road, a famous market of cell phones in Lahore.

They claimed that the Customs authorities after thorough investigations of the accused will put hand on traders of hall road involved in purchase of smuggled phones. After investigations, it would be ascertained that for how long accused was involved in smuggling.

A trader of the Hall Road, seeking anonymity, said that the mobile phone industry is witnessing rise in smuggling as a result of new taxes that have been imposed on it in budget 2015-16. Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, in his post budget speech, had said that budget was for the poor people of Pakistan and increase in the taxes on mobile phones was mainly targeting high end smart phones users whereas the relief of waiver on import duty would pass on to poor people who could only afford a cheap mobile phone.

Critics are however calling it not more than eyewash that will eventually hurt the industry and the tax revenue as well.