The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has arrested 11 Afghan nationals and an agent from a passport office situated in Garden Town, Lahore, The Express Tribune has learnt.
The FIA had received information through sources that an organisation active in Lahore was involved in helping Afghan nationals get Pakistani CNICs and passports fraudulently, with the connivance of passport office and National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) employees. This was done at a cost of between Rs1.5 and Rs2 lacs, a member of the raiding party told The Express Tribune.
After receiving this information, FIA Punjab Director Waqar Haider constituted a special team under the supervision of the Deputy Director FIA Anti Human Trafficking Circle (AHTC) Nasir Jameel Gujjar, who arrested 11 Afghan nationals from Aghanistan’s Paktia province as well as one agent, Liaquat Bhatti, a resident of Kasur .
The raiding party also recovered all the applications of the 11 Afghan nationals for the CNICs and passports. The FIA has hired translators to conduct an initial interrogation, FIA Deputy Director Nasir Jameel said.
A case has been registered with the FIA AHTC Police Station against 13 people – the accused 11 Afghan nationals and two Pakistanis, Bhatti and Amanullah. Two raiding parties have been constituted for the immediate arrest of Amanullah, the ring leader of the racket, according to FIA officials.
Published in The Express Tribune, December 27th, 2012.