Five Arrested Smuggling Rs20m Worth Medicine to Afghanistan
PESHAWAR: In a joint action the provincial health department and the Peshawar deputy commissioner’s office on Tuesday arrested five people for smuggling a huge consignment of medicines and spurious antibiotics to Afghanistan bearing the stamp of the Punjab’s health department.
The stolen and spurious drugs are said to be worth around Rs20 million.
Mohammad Ibrahim, deputy secretary health KP said that they had been following the consignment after being tipped-off about it for past three weeks. He said on Tuesday, a team comprising officials from the health department and the deputy commissioner’s office, Peshawar, raided a truck stand situated on the Ring Road and seized three trucks containing spurious and Punjab health department-stamped drugs.
The health official said the consignment was bound for the Helmand province of Afghanistan, adding, however, that the raid was carried out for the spurious goods.
Mr Ibrahim said the Punjab health department had been informed about the matter. “In a day or two officials from the Punjab health department will arrive in Peshawar to inspect the stolen medicines,” he said.
The KP health official said the supplier of the medicines was yet to be traced, adding the lengthy process of documenting the seized medicines was underway.
Mr Ibrahim said the drugs recovered mostly included cefaxime, augmentine and other antibiotics, adding some of the drugs were from prominent companies like Novartis and Hilton.
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