FIA nabs two passengers travelling on fake visas

Accused were travelling to South Africa with the help of agent Asad Shah


Kashif Farid December 03, 2018
PHOTO: FILE

FAISALABAD:  

The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) arrested two passengers at Faisalabad International Airport for travelling on fake visas, Express News has learnt.

An FIA official said  accused Faizan and Aqsa Bibi were travelling to South Africa via Dubai on fake visas. He added that the immigration officials at Faisalabad airport recognised the fake documents and arrested the accused. Later, the suspects were handed over to the FIA for further investigations.

He pointed out that both the accused were travelling to South Africa with the help of agent Asad Shah, who lives in South Africa. He revealed that Aqsa Bibi’s husband also lives in South Africa and she was travelling to meet him. He said her husband had hired Asad to arrange travel documents for her.

Meanwhile, the FIA officials registered an FIR No 569/18 under sections 17/18/22 EO 1979 and 420, 468, 471 PPC against the accused.

Earlier, the Anti-Human Trafficking Cell of the FIA arrested eight passengers who were deported by Turkey at Allama Iqbal International Airport Lahore. The deportees were identified as Syed Hassan Raza, Zulfiqar Ali, Toheed Ahmad, Nadeem Faisal, Ghulam Hussain, Muhammad Riaz, Bilal, and Yasir Masih.

During initial investigations, it was revealed that the passengers had travelled to Greece via the land route of Gwadar, Iran and Turkey without any travel documents. The men were arrested by Turkish authorities and deported to Pakistan.

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