Sale of old spare parts of smuggled vehicles including new and old tyres, different kinds of generators, laptops, batteries and other appliances is on the rise across Gujranwala division.

All the six Sialkot, Narowal, Gujrat, Mandi Bahauddin, Hafizabad and Gujranwala districts have become a big market for the sale of old and new auto spare parts of smuggled vehicles.

This practice is going on unabated and unchecked allegedly with the tacit agreement of Customs Department. The shops in these markets are lying full of these smuggled auto parts and there is no official check on the sale and purchase of these smuggled items.

The local shopkeepers and traders, involved in the business, said that they purchase these parts after paying full payments to the merchants of these auto parts, saying that such elements have been enjoying strong relations with “some officials concerned of the Customs Department.” Seeking anonymity, the shopkeepers claimed that these officials inform them about the numbers and routs of the vehicles carrying such smuggled vehicles. “The officials do not check these vehicles due to their deals with the wholesale dealers and retailers,” they revealed.

When contacted, the Sialkot based officials of the Customs Department avoid comment on the allegations.

REGISTRATION OF CYBER CRIME CASES: The people have been suffering from great ordeal in getting cyber crime-related cases registered with the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) in Gujranwala, reveals a survey conducted by this correspondent on Monday.

It has been learnt that the FIA Gujranwala officials have no power to register cyber crime-related cases due to which people from Gujranwala Division’s all the six Sialkot, Narowal, Gujrat, Mandi Bahaud Din, Hafizabad and Gujranwala districts, have to go to FIA Lahore offices for getting their cases registered.

They have urged the senior FIA officials to authorise the FIA Gujranwala based officials to register cyber crime-related at Gujranwala office to provide relief to people at local level.

When contacted, Ch Khalid Anees (Deputy Director FIA Gujranwala Division) said that they have raised the issue with senior high-ups and are waiting for any “go-ahead” in this regard.