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ISAF goods pilfered during transport
« on: December 18, 2008, 05:52:09 AM »
ISAF goods pilfered during transport
By Mohammad Ali Khan
Wednesday, 17 Dec, 2008 | 08:09 PM PST |


PESHAWAR: Goods meant for the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan are routinely pilfered and entire containers have gone missing during their transit through Pakistan, it is learnt.

 
Information gathered from different sources revealed that the transit facility extended for ISAF goods, the latest target of militants, is being misused for the Goods in Transit to Afghanistan (GITA).

Ships, carrying ISAF cargo, are docked at both Port Qasim and Karachi Port. The cargo is loaded on to trucks and dispatched to Afghanistan via land routes through Chaman and Torkhum.

Since, the ISAF goods are exempt from custom duties and routine verification, which GITA goods are subject to, the possibility of their pilferage inside Pakistan is much greater, sources said.

The ISAF goods are tampered with somewhere in Southern Punjab and the tribal areas, and then find their way into different markets of Pakistan including Karkhano markets of Peshawar, that are famous for smuggled goods.

Referring to a recent investigation, sources said authorities are unable to trace more than 400 containers that were issued transport permits but never reached Afghanistan.

Authorities have obtained records of over 2000 ISAF containers, which are missing, since the customs department has no record of their exit from Pakistan.

Of these 2000 containers, more than 1300 have so far been traced, since ISAF and Afghan authorities have confirmed receiving them. However, the status of hundreds of other containers is unknown.

The customs department has so far registered around 200 cases, mostly against customs clearing agents in Peshawar, Lahore, Rawalpindi and Karachi.

The list of missing containers also include 29 containers shipped by Louis Berger Inc USA, owned by outgoing US vice president Dick Cheney, sources said. They added that these shipments were made on fake documents.

Customs Intelligence in Peshawar learned that the consignment mostly comprised of electronic goods which never crossed the border. Since the company is involved in the construction business, their shipment of electronic consumer goods raises questions.


The number of ISAF troops in Afghanistan is 65000, out of which 30000 are from the US. However, the volume of supply and type of consignments are raising suspicions that the ISAF transit exemptions are being misused.

Last year, more than 50,000 containers were transported from Karachi to Afghanistan via the land route. Most of them contained non-military goods such as plastic toys, electronics, etc.

The US has announced to send an additional 20,000 troops to Afghanistan, and the UK will also increase its troops in the war-ravaged country.  This will ultimately jack up the volume of goods being transported via land routes in Pakistan.

An executive of a forwarding company, which deals in ISAF goods, also confirmed pilferage and missing containers. According to him, ISAF goods were carried from Karachi to Peshawar by the National Logistic Cell through commercial transport.

`˜Since most of goods are carried by commercial transport, thefts from containers by breaking seals or even replacing contents are common,` he said.

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Re: ISAF goods pilfered during transport
« Reply #1 on: December 18, 2008, 06:15:51 AM »
Good. Well done.

Here's expecting that the Khyber Pass will become the Salang Tunnel of ISAF in 2009. Leave now, while you still can.
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Re: ISAF goods pilfered during transport
« Reply #2 on: December 18, 2008, 06:39:07 AM »
Conspicuously absent is any mention of weapons or ammunition. Must all be electronics and humanitarian aid.
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Re: ISAF goods pilfered during transport
« Reply #3 on: December 18, 2008, 07:11:33 AM »
Sounds like a lot of 'cargo' that was not properly registered in the first place is 'disappearing'...Possibly to 'militant terrorist' groups?

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Re: ISAF goods pilfered during transport
« Reply #4 on: December 18, 2008, 07:17:49 AM »
Hey, that's not fair.  That's stealing.
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Re: ISAF goods pilfered during transport
« Reply #5 on: December 18, 2008, 07:19:54 AM »
Remnants of an Army

Supposedly Dr Brydon, regimental medical officer of 13th Foot (later the Somerset Light Infantry and now part of The Rifles), struggling to Kandahar in 1842 (Britain's First Afghan War).

It's all downhill from here.

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