Amidst the ongoing nationwide efforts to combat currency smuggling, primarily involving US dollars, reliable sources have disclosed that over $50 million has been discreetly stored away by a network associated with illicit currency dealings in homes scattered across Karachi.

These credible sources indicate that security agencies have meticulously compiled records from various banks and currency exchange establishments. They have meticulously assembled a comprehensive inventory of individuals engaged in the buying and selling of US dollars and other foreign currencies.

It has come to light that individuals of considerable influence who acquired US dollars as a form of “investment” have yet to settle debts totaling more than $50 million.


The individuals affiliated with this illicit currency network are predominantly situated in Karachi’s older districts, including Lyari, Kharadar, Mithadar, Clifton, Saddar, Bath Island, and DHA neighbourhoods.

The authorities have already initiated targeted operations to search the residences of those involved in amassing substantial amounts of money, according to these sources.

According to Geo News, these revelations follow a statement earlier in the day by Caretaker Interior Minister Sarfraz Bugti, who reiterated the government’s unwavering commitment to combating dollar and currency smuggling. He noted that 168 first-information reports (FIRs) had been filed against individuals involved in the unlawful trade of dollars.

Addressing a press conference in Islamabad, Bugti asserted that the state will take firm action against hawala, hundi, and other illicit activities.

It is important to note that the caretaker government granted authority to the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) last month to combat the smuggling of sugar and US dollars within the country.

Subsequent to this government approval, the agency has been empowered to take necessary actions at all entry and exit points related to foreign currencies.

As a result of the ongoing nationwide crackdown against hoarding and smuggling of foreign currencies, the value of the US dollar has depreciated by more than Rs18.