Pak Rangers, security forces given powers of Customs officials till June 2019

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KARACHI: Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has granted permission to Pakistan Rangers and other security forces for exercise function of customs officials till June 30, 2019 in order to deter smuggling and prevent revenue losses.
The FBR issued SROs 861, 862 and 863(I)/2018 to grant personnel of Pakistan Rangers, Frontier Corps, Maritime Security and Pakistan Cost Guard to exercise powers of customs officials conferred under Pakistan Act, 1969.
These powers were granted to security forces since 2010 and the FBR extends these functions every year.
The forces have been granted powers to exercise powers within 20 kilometers of the international borders. Besides, they are also restricted to exercise these functions within jurisdictions of municipal limits, customs areas, customs stations, border customs station, international airports and bonded warehouses etc.
The border security forces have also been asked not to check passenger’s baggage and goods cleared from any customs areas and also ensure that the functions should not used to determine trade, imports and exports and to harass the general public.