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ISLAMABAD: Three officials of the Customs Intelligence and a driver died in a car accident on the Islamabad-Peshawar Motorway while they were chasing smugglers early Wednesday.

Five Customs officials were chasing a group of smugglers in squad vehicle when their car slipped on a road that was wet due to heavy rain and plunged into a depression along the M-1 near Bahtar interchange.

As a result of the accident, four Customs Intelligence employees including three sepoys and a driver died on the spot while one official survived with minor injuries, Customs official Imtiaz said.

The bodies and injured were shifted to Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (Pims).

An official of National Highways and Motorway Police (NHMP) said last year that a total of 282 accidents occurred on M-1 during the six year period from January 1, 2008 to December 31, 2013. Out of these accidents, 77 were fatal while 205 were non-fatal.

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sameer Aug 10, 2016 02:03pm

Tragic Incident. Brave people.

Pak_Says Aug 10, 2016 02:23pm

Ohh That are our Heroes. .. RIP

Yasir Aug 10, 2016 02:34pm

motorways have restricted access. could have radioed to setup a road block to catch the criminals.

Shahid Aug 10, 2016 02:42pm

I saw pictures of their car on the social media. If you look at car's tyres, they were totally flat with no depth of the tread. Actually that would be illegal to drive with such tyres.

Houlbelat Aug 10, 2016 02:44pm

Very unfortunate! The law enforcers died and smugglers got away alive.

SOS Aug 10, 2016 03:32pm

Fix the road!!

Hassan Aug 10, 2016 03:41pm

If only Pakistani's realized the advantages of "Seatbelts" outweigh the slight discomfort that you learn to not notice with time.

M.Jamal Aug 10, 2016 03:53pm

Simply ignoring the basic lesson of driving a car with no seat belts and worn out tyres.Further if they had coordination with all the government agencies found on M-1,they could have radioed them to stop the car.So coordination is very important between all the organs of the state to fight the bad.

Sukhera Aug 10, 2016 04:07pm

At this point we are not sure if they were wearing seat belts or not but seat belts do save lives. When you drive over the speed limit or ignore the road conditions, there accidents will happen. We have to ask ourselves, was it worth it to chase these gangs at the expense of your own life? Our custom agents should be instructed not to take undue risk to catch the bad guys. It's not worth it. Road blocks could have caught these guys without risking your life.

The truth Aug 10, 2016 04:32pm

Custome control inside Pakistan is happening only in Pakistan.Usullay customs department are working in Airports, railways and borders, but unfortunately our borders are open for smugglers and roads are block for day to day people.

Dr. Salaria, Aamir Ahmad Aug 10, 2016 04:37pm

What a great tragedy?

The End is Near Aug 10, 2016 04:40pm

Custom officers were chasing criminals and smugglers in car like Sheriffs. They need to First attend their duties in Airports and ports of the country. Leave this chasing of criminals to Police and Rangers.

M.Jamal Aug 10, 2016 06:21pm

It is a very sad incident as our Custom officers and the driver have laid their lives in the line of duty following the smugglers but what about those Custom officers who are working at the seaport and airport and allowing goods into the country after Muqmaka with the smugglers and Khapias.Hope these corrupt officers will learn the importance of their uniform/duty from these Shaheed officers.

Kamal Pasha. Aug 10, 2016 08:37pm

Over speed kills.

Shujaat Khan Aug 10, 2016 08:49pm

9 people in a car is a death trap in the first place.

AG Aug 10, 2016 08:52pm

or may be they were being chased, who knows

Zulfiqar khan Aug 10, 2016 10:45pm

Road was slippery due to rain so the vehicle slipped that was the main reason.

Indian Aug 11, 2016 06:30am

Sorry to hear the death of customs agents. I believe road design needs to be safety oriented so that these accidents don't happen.