Pakistan: Customs officials raid BOL News head office in Karachi

Pakistan: The head office of BOL News was raided by the Directorate of Customs Intelligence and Investigation Karachi in accordance with court orders. BOL News representatives were present during the raid, and the directorate team created a record of the inventory items found in the building. These items included DSNGs, studio equipment, cameras, camera control units, monitors, and other imported equipment, as reported by Tribune.

The raid was conducted after a district and session judge issued a search warrant.As per the sources, the court issued the order based on apprehensions of non-custom paid media equipment being present at the BOL News office.

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Upon executing the search warrant, customs officials were instructed to thoroughly search all the rooms and hotel areas within the building and prepare a list of any non-custom paid equipment discovered during the search, reports stated.

The officials were instructed to seize any equipment that violated the law and follow the legal procedures for detention. Along with the search, they also captured photos and videos of the equipment, as directed by the court order. Sources say that any equipment found to breach the law will be seized, and its value and duty will be evaluated by the authorities.

Last week, the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) arrested Axact and BOL TV CEO Shoaib Ahmed Shaikh from the airport (Islamabad) on the allegations of bribing a former sessions judge of his acquittal in the fake degrees case.

As per reports, Shaikh was immediately arrested after he landed at Islamabad airport on a flight from Karachi.

Moreover, police arrested the Axact CEO in 2015 after investigations found hundreds of thousands of fraud degrees and students’ ID cards from one of Karachi’s companies.

Video recordings captured during the FIA raid on Axact offices in Karachi in 2015 depicted multiple sets of degree templates from various universities stacked up in rooms within the premises.

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