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Explosive Report Reveals Extent of Iranian Oil Smuggling and Hawala Hundi Operations in Pakistan

The Prime Minister's House received a damning report on Sunday detailing the vast scope of Iranian oil smuggling and the hawala hundi business in Pakistan. Prepared by a government agency, the report shines a spotlight on both these illicit activities, costing the nation significantly in terms of revenue.

 

A disturbing revelation from the report is the high number of currency dealers engaged in the hawala hundi business in Pakistan. A total of 722 currency dealers are reportedly involved. Punjab tops the list with 205 dealers, followed by Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) with 183, and Sindh with 176.

 

Balochistan and Azad Kashmir house 104 and 37 dealers, respectively. The federal capital, Islamabad, is not immune, with 17 identified hawala dealers operating within its boundaries.

 

Further compounding Pakistan's challenges is the rampant smuggling of Iranian oil. The report uncovers a network of officials, politicians, and dealers complicit in this illicit trade. A staggering 2.81 billion litres of oil are smuggled from Iran into Pakistan annually, causing a revenue loss of 60 billion rupees to the national treasury each year.

 

More alarmingly, the revenue from this smuggling operation is reportedly being funnelled to support terrorist activities.

 

The border regions seem to be the hotspots for this operation. The report identifies 76 dealers operating in areas adjacent to the Iranian border, who play a crucial role in this smuggling chain. Across the nation, a shocking 995 petrol pumps sell this smuggled Iranian oil.

 

The nexus of corruption seems deep-rooted, with 90 government officials and 29 politicians allegedly involved in the smuggling activities.

 

The report further sheds light on the modus operandi of the smuggling operation. Oil is transported into Pakistan using Iranian vehicles, locally referred to as "Zamyad".

 

This report is expected to send shockwaves throughout the political and administrative echelons of the country. As both nations share a long porous border, curbing such extensive smuggling activities would require intense cooperation from both sides.

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