ISLAMABAD: Police raided a house in the Federal Capital Secretariat Six and seized masks worth Rs 20 million and arrested four Chinese people.
Chinese residents have been shifted to the relevant police station where they will be further investigated. Further proceedings have been initiated against the accused by collecting a mask collection case.
According to local media sources, Rawalpindi administration received intelligence notification of a store selling masks, after which they took joint action with Islamabad administration.
Assistant Commissioner Mohammad Iqbal Sangida said the mask has been handed over to the District Administration of Islamabad and legal action will be taken against the Chinese people.
It is to be noted that the storage of masks and other essential medicines is prohibited due to the coronavirus pandemic in Pakistan.
The government has assigned tasks to two civil intelligence agencies to investigate suspected elements involved in the black marketing and smuggling of masks and sanitizers.
With the outbreak of the coronavirus, there has been a shortage of surgical masks and sanitary shortages and some traders have also been caught smuggling these items from the airport.
In Karachi, many hoarders involved in marketing black masks and sanitizers have been arrested. The government says it will soon provide relief to the citizens by making efforts to curb the crisis.