Rawalpindi: FIA plans crackdown on human traffickers
RAWALPINDI: The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) is set to launch a countrywide crackdown on fake travel agents involved in human trafficking, sources told Daily Times on Sunday.
They said the FIA’s Anti-Human Trafficking Cell, Immigration Cell and Investigation Cell in collaboration with the police and other law-enforcement agencies will launch the crackdown initially in Faisalabad, Gujranwala, Sialkot, Rawalpindi, Karachi, Lahore and Mandi Bahauddin. The crackdown will focus on the arrest of around 17 most wanted human traffickers, sources in the FIA’s Passport Cell said. They said the teams formed for the crackdown would use latest technologies, including Automated Fingerprint System. They said these teams would question human smugglers, who were either in the FIA’s custody or serving prison terms. Turkey, Malaysia, Iran, Greece and other states have deported over 2,000 illegal immigrants from Pakistan so far this year. The sources said that the number was higher than last year when deportation of 1,800 Pakistanis was reported in the corresponding period. They said 800 deportees belonged to Gujrat, 500 to Sialkot, 472 to Gujranwala, 400 to Mandi Bahauddin and other parts of the country.