Two FIA officials sent to jail

Published: November 2, 2010
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Officers took millions as bribe for smuggling Afghan citizens to Britain.

Officers took millions as bribe for smuggling Afghan citizens to Britain.

ISLAMABAD: A special Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) court on Monday  jailed two immigration officials who were found involved in human smuggling, the officials said.

Both officers had allegedly taken million of rupees in bribe through agents for smuggling Afghan citizens to Britain.

As many as 150 FIA officials have so far been implicated in human trafficking cases since 2005, contradicting FIA’s claims about doing much to curb the illegal trade.

Special court judge Masroor Zamman Bhatti ordered the arrest of immigration officer Alia Khadim and head constable Muzaffar Ahmad for allowing four Afghan nationals to fly to Britain in connivance with a travel agent named Muhammad Adnan. He is an absconder.

An Afghan woman, Rabia Sohail Khan, travelled on Pakistani passports from the Islamabad airport (BBIA) to London along with her three children last month.

Both FIA officials were allegedly booked soon after their departure but later they got interim bail.

On Monday, the court rejected their bails and sent them to jail. An FIR was lodged against them under the Bribery Act of 1947 (Prevention of Corruption Act) which carries a maximum penalty of 14-year jail term.

Published in The Express Tribune, November 2nd, 2010.

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Reader Comments (3)

  • Sharafat Ali Mubarak
    Nov 2, 2010 - 10:06AM

    Our Interior Minister has recently stated that he would set the FIA on the trails of those who are involved in corruption…. i don’t know how would the corrupt stop corruption in the country???Recommend

  • Qasim Cheema
    Nov 2, 2010 - 11:52AM

    It seems like interior minister is going to eradicate corruption from all the departments in his jurisdiction, but a big question mark on his own credibility as an honest person.
    The best way should have been something like,,,,
    Dear people of Pakistan, this is the list of my assets along with the sources from where I earned these assets, now if anybody found having assets with unknown sources will be punished hardly with zero tolerance,,, this would have made sense….
    The scenario right know is like,,,,,
    if anybody found to have traces/proofs of his/her corruption will be punished hardly,,, so you better remove or leave no footprints of your corruptionRecommend

  • Anonymous
    Nov 3, 2010 - 8:23AM

    Corrupti0n can only be rem0ved fr0m country if every one of us develope a scence of humanity.Recommend

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