Immigration fraud: Court asks FIA to respond on 12 petitions against travel agents

Gives FIA director and Gujranwala Circle deputy director till May 22.


Our Correspondent May 18, 2012

LAHORE:


Additional district and sessions judge Malik Tariq Mehmood Zargham sought comments from the FIA Punjab director and Gujranwala Circle Deputy Director on 12 petitions seeking the return of money which the petitioners said they had paid various travel agents.


The 12 petitioners submitted that they had paid money to various travel agents to take their relatives to various countries but neither they were taken abroad nor was the money returned.

One of them Gulzar Ahmed submitted that he had paid Rs600,000 to Mohammad Bashir and Dr Shahbaz to take his uncle’s sons Rahat and Qasim to Musqat but immigration staff had told them that their passport and tickets were bogus.

Mohammad Aslam said he had paid Rs2.5 million to Mohammad Naeem and Mohammad Arshad to take his son Farooq to Dubai.

Mubarik Ali said he had paid Rs1.8 million to Chaudhary Mohammad Boota to take his son, Amir, and daughter, Rubina, to Germany; Muhammad Faisal said that he had paid Rs400,000 to Rana Tariq to take his son to Musqat; Mohammad Farman said that he had paid Rs550,000 to be taken to South Africa.

Other petitioners said they had paid to be taken to America, England, France and Australia.

They told the court that when they asked the agents to return their money, the agents sought more time. Some of the petitioners contended they they were given cheques which bounced.

The court sought comments from the Federal Investigation Agency director and Gujranwala Circle deputy director by May 22.

Published in The Express Tribune, May 19th, 2012.

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