19,000 containers ‘missing’

Updated Sep 06, 2013 07:22am

SOME news items never fail to amaze us, the latest being the disclosure by DG Rangers in the Supreme Court that about 19,000 containers had gone “missing a few years ago” (Aug 31), perhaps indicating that the near miracle occurred during the last five years of misrule of PPP under the watchful eyes of the then minister of port and shipping. We all know who he was.

If true, then where have these 19,000 containers gone “missing”? In which secret yard or tunnel these stolen containers are kept? Or were these monstrous things quietly exported back after discharging their, perhaps lethal, cargo? If so, where has the cargo gone?

We are not talking about needles in a haystack; we are talking about huge steel containers about the size of a railway bogey.

Unless the container transaction was only a paper exercise like the notorious practice of trucks containing imported goods meant for Kabul crossing the Torkham border and then discharging the goods at Landi Kotal!

It is some kind of a record worth finding a prominent place in the Guinness Book of World Records under the title “19,000 containers vanish in Pakistan”.

S.M. ANWAR
Karachi


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Comments (6) Closed


gangadin
Sep 06, 2013 02:48pm

19000? May be 19 but where's Nato? They don't know?

Aziz
Sep 06, 2013 02:51pm

That is also over 530,000 tons of goods! Just disappeared in to a black hole! Our very competent DG Ranger does not know where the black hole is.

Zubair Khan
Sep 06, 2013 03:00pm

My dear where you live. In this country of the planet every thing is possible. It is unique place to live and experience unthnikables. So please do not get astonished.

Gerry D'Cunha
Sep 06, 2013 04:42pm

disclosure by DG Rangers in the Supreme Court that about 19,000 containers had gone

malik
Sep 06, 2013 07:19pm

The writer should know that what he meant was that the contents of 19,000 containers missing--not containers themselves. Why make a mockery of responsible statement? When every man, yes almost every man have two guns, the latest of its kinds, and the population of Karachi happens to be 2 crore people, do the math. Simple arithmetic required here. Every day 100 (or few less) people are killed. They, of course, are not killed by small pieces of stones thrown from a home made stuff? There is latest weaponry used in Karachi? It has not came from the Mars or the Moon?

Yemeen Zuberi
Sep 07, 2013 03:54am

D and G are for the Director General; we all know that it is a key position and needs a very competent person as its head, not the one just spreading hearsay. Does our government wants to keep this D. G. Rangers.