A new video of Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) officials beating up two women at Benazir Bhutto International Airport has surfaced on social media.
A video which previously went viral, showed passengers and FIA officials fighting with each other. However, in the recent video, a woman can be seen being physically assaulted by female staffers of the FIA’s immigration department at Islamabad airport.
The women can be heard screaming for help as other passengers and staffers watch FIA officials thrash them.
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The video is of the same incident in which, instead of taking off from the BBIA a passenger landed at the Benazir Bhutto Hospital (BBH) in Rawalpindi. A Norwegian national was allegedly tortured by female immigration staff of the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) over a petty issue at the BBIA on April 15.
“We reached the airport along with my daughter Fouzia and Fatima Umer. Our flight was scheduled to take off at about 12:45 pm,” said their mother Haseena Begum while narrating the incident to The Express Tribune at BBH.
She added that Fouzia had gone to the restroom after obtaining her boarding cards and handing over luggage. As she came out of the restroom, Haseena said, Fouzia asked for some toilet paper from a female airport staff.
The staffer, later identified as FIA official Noshila, was irked by the request and said that she was from the immigration department and she had nothing to do with providing toilet paper, apparently a menial job of cleaners, Haseena said.
Responding to the somewhat rude reply of the immigration official, Fouzia asked her not to misbehave with travellers. The two continued to then exchange harsh words. Haseena said that Noshila allegedly threatened that she would not let them travel to Norway.
“As we stood in the queue for our immigration clearance, the FIA woman came and snatched our passports and boarding cards. She tore the boarding cards,” Haseena claimed. As news of the incident spread to television channels, the FIA immigration department released a statement claiming that the three female passengers had misbehaved with one of their staff.
People took to Twitter to express disgust over the incident.
— Mateen (@Maatibaloch) April 19, 2017
— Adil Rafi Khan (@AdilRafiKhan) April 18, 2017
— Z Taj (@realztaj) April 18, 2017
— Saman Jafriسمن جعفری (@SsamanJay) April 18, 2017
Whatever the dispute unarmed passengers even if they get physical can easily be subdued by law enforcement no need to drag by hair #FIA
— norbert (@norbalm) April 19, 2017
— Waheed Mughal (@WaheedMughal) April 18, 2017
Taking notice of the matter, the interior ministry has ordered the FIA to suspend the involved officials at once, launch an investigation and submit a report within three days.
The FIA on Wednesday suspended the shift in charge for failing to control the situation. It also formed an inquiry committee headed by Director Administration Ahmad Mukkaram to probe the incident. Mukkaram has called the Norwegian women for a detailed interview tomorrow.