SC summons TV anchor in contraband goods case -Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF)

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SC summons TV anchor in contraband goods case

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Thursday asked a private television anchor to submit a recording, along with transcripts, of a talk show which alleged that thousands of containers containing prohibited and non-prohibited goods meant for Nato forces in Afghanistan did not reach the country during the past couple of years because of corruption in the customs department.

A three-judge bench, comprising Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry, Justice Tariq Parvez and Justice Ghulam Rabbani, had taken up suo motu notice on the import of contraband items under the garb of food supplies meant for International Security Assistance Force (Isaf) in Afghanistan.

The bench asked Dr Moeed Pirzada, of Dunya News, to appear before it on Sept 29 and produce documents to substantiate allegations of corruption in the customs department.

The notice was issued after Mohammad Kamran Khan, a correspondent of Dunya News, informed the court that he had talked to the anchor who was willing to assist the court in the matter, but he needed time to collect documents to prove the allegations.
Source: Dawn
Date:9/24/2010